On Memorial Day weekend…
With the coming of Memorial Day weekend comes an overwhelming gratitude to the men and women who gave their lives for our country. Such sacrifice on the part of these heroes humbles me for too often I take for granted the freedoms I daily enjoy. Thousands of men and women have died to guarantee my freedom, to uphold these basic truths-
“that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” – Declaration of Independence
As I express my gratitude for those who have sacrificed all, my mind turns to our government and I don’t mind saying that I’m concerned about some of the decisions being made and the directions we seem to be heading in. Though instead of filling me with fear, our state as a nation has made me more focused and intentional about praying for our country and leaders.
Then the most awesome thing happened when I opened the Word as God brought me to the verse that fills me with hope today in the USA.
Ahab was king of Israel and one of the most ungodly and evil kings the nation had known, even to the point of marrying the wicked woman Jezebel. Yet in that ungodly dynasty, God was present through his people. Check it out-
“and Ahab had summoned Obadiah, who was in charge of his palace. (Obadiah was a devout believer in the Lord.)” 1 Kings 18:3
With thoughts of Memorial Day and our country still in my mind, this verse jumped off the page! There in that ungodly court was a godly man in service to the king… a godly man with a very prominent position!
What hope God brings to my heart through Obadiah’s story! No matter who becomes the next president, no matter who is appointed to the Supreme Court, no matter the balance in Congress- God is still in control and placing his men and women into positions so that his plans will be carried out!
Chapter 18 goes onto tell how Obadiah took 100 godly men and hid them in 2 caves during the time that Jezebel set out to kill all of God’s prophets. He even supplied them with food and water. There he worked right under her nose!
Two things Obadiah’s story should urge us as Christians to do-
- we need to pray for our leaders, specifically the Christian leaders and servants to be led by and obedient to God. I can’t imagine the red tape and challenges they face to stand true to God’s Word in the world of politics.
- we should consider how we could serve. God doesn’t call for Christians to separate themselves from government and leadership but instead to be his light, his hands and feet. How can we do our part? Could it be serving in the military? Running for a local office? Volunteering in our communities? How can we make a difference in our country and be God’s light?
So as this Memorial Day weekend kicks off, my heart overflows with gratitude for the men and women who gave all and my heart overflows with hope for our country because God is still at work in the United States! Just as God placed Obadiah, he still places his people so his plans will be carried out!
Lord, thank you for the blessing of calling myself an American! Thank you for the men and women who died to protect my freedoms. Be with the families who are grieving this weekend as they remember their fallen loved one. Comfort them. Strengthen them. Lord, I pray for the Christian men and women you have placed in strategic positions. Guide them. Help them stand against the flow of our culture that is going in a direction contrary to your Word and truths. And, lastly, God use me where you want me to serve so I may be your light. Amen