God Is More Concerned Than We Are
I am ashamed that in my curriculum writing busyness I completely missed the National Day of Prayer last Thursday. Thank you to all of you who remembered and prayed.
I found two particular encouragements in the presidential proclamation for the 2021 National Day of Prayer:
First, Congress calls on each president to issue a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer. The law that calls on a president to do that was passed while Ronald Reagan was president and President Reagan signed it into law. How wonderful that it continues to be a law to this day.
Second, the proclamation ended with these words:
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth.
The year of our Lord! 2021 is indeed the year of our Lord. I am thankful that an official presidential proclamation stated that truth.
Thank you, Mamas, for acknowledging that truth in your lives and for teaching it to your children. And thank you for praying for America. We must. I also find great comfort in knowing that as concerned as we are about our beloved country, God is even more concerned and He can do something about it!
So can we. We can be faithful and we can teach our children and others to be faithful. We can encourage the faithful. We can pray. We can trust God with America.
First of all, then, I urge that requests, prayers, intercession, and
thanksgiving be made in behalf of all people,
for kings and all who are in authority,
so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.
1 Timothy 2:1-2
Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles,
so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers,
they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them,
glorify God on the day of visitation.
1 Peter 2:12
As Jesus said:
“. . . now, will God not bring about justice for His elect
who cry out to Him day and night,
and will He delay long for them?
I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly.
However, when the Son of Man comes,
will He find faith on the earth?”
I am thankful that you found two things to praise about this year’s proclamation, Charlene. I confess I was so dismayed at this year’s proclamation, versus the one in 2020 which was so much more centered on God and His provision and sovereignty over this nation. But it is true that we can choose to see and dwell on what is good, in every situation.