DayBreaks for 7/06/20: The Cost of Glory
From the DayBreaks archive, July 2010:
Two hundred forty-four years and two days ago, on July 3, 1776, George Washington wrote a letter to his wife. It was, of course, the day before the Declaration of Independence would be signed by the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. In the letter, Washington wrote anticipating the hardships and struggles that would come about as a result of the momentous signing of the document. Here in part are his words:
“In a few days, you will see a Declaration setting forth the causes which have impelled us to this mighty revolution and the reasons which will justify it in the sight of God. I am fully aware of the toil and blood and treasure what it will cost to maintain this declaration and support and defend these states; yes, through all the gloom, I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory.”
Sometimes these days it is hard to see rays of light and hope for our country. Optimists keep saying we’ve turned the corner economically, but if we go down as a country, it won’t be because of economics, but because of our moral and ethical failures. We have to remember that God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He ALWAYS takes down countries that turn their back on Him. No country has ever existed on the face of this earth that can thwart the will and plan of God! Is it our time? I don’t know – I honestly hope not – but even America will one day come to an end. I hope and pray it will be later, not sooner!
As I read what Washington wrote, I was struck not so much with the political and nationalistic tone of his final statement, but of its application to our everyday Christian life. Life extracts a toll. We sweat. We bleed. We groan under the load. Some of the load is created by our own hand, some is piled on by others – as if our own failings and sin aren’t enough all by themselves. What I liked about Washington’s statement though, is the part about “through all the gloom, I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory.”
What do you see when you try to look into the future? Aren’t we often drawn to the physical world and our concerns for what is happening and may happen to our country and economy and world? Shouldn’t we, of all people, be drawn towards the Light and Glory of Jesus that will be ours as His gift to us?
I don’t want to be a doomsayer. I want to be an encourager. I also want to be a realist, and there is nothing more real, glorious or ravishing than the outcome that awaits us in the Light of the Kingdom of God. In the meantime, we would do well to pray, “Our Father, Who art in heaven, Hallowed by Thy Name, Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…”
PRAYER: Let Your kingdom come more strongly and fully into our hearts this and every day. Keep our eyes focused on the blinding rays of glorious Light that at present are just outside of our reach, so that at last, we may come into possession of all You intend for us! Guard us against discouragement with the glory of that vision, In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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