“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:12).
“How Blessed are the people whose God is the Lord!” (Psalm 144:15).
As I was making plans for the Fourth of July, I started wondering if we really understood what and why we celebrate. Are we just excited about getting a day off from work? Are we mainly focusing on the parades, the fireworks, the hot dogs, the ice cream, or a trip to the lake?
So, I looked up the real meaning of the day and read the real story. Men gave their lives and their fortunes so that future generations could have freedom—the precious commodity that rarely exists off our shores.
As America formed, she grew into Thirteen Colonies. The American Revolution came about because these colonies wanted to leave Great Britain and form a new nation. On July 2, 1776, the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence. After voting for this, Congress then began to frame the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision. Congress, after debates and revisions, finally approved it on July 4. Thomas Jefferson was its principal author.
One interesting historical fact is a letter written by John Adams to his wife Abigail, sharing with her what he believed would happen at this monumental event and showing us how important this historical event was. However, his prediction was off by two days! We celebrate on the fourth because that was the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence:
“The second day of July 1776 will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as a great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more” John Adams.
So now we know why we celebrate the Fourth of July! It truly was an event that changed the course of history—and our nation.
If we had lost the war to Great Britain, all the courageous men would have been hanged for treason. I hope we don’t forget the great sacrifices they made for us. And you may also want to remember the sacrifice that Jesus gave. His life, death, and resurrection were also events that changed the course of history…and our lives. Because of what Jesus did, we now have freedom forever.
To keep this freedom, we must humble ourselves and pray for a revival in America and for God to heal this land. We are living in a time of great evil and loss of Godly values and morals. Please pray!
“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).
Lane Jordan Burday is the newest member of our Pearls of Promise (POP) Team and is serving as a POP Talk Radio Co-Host, is coordinating a Pearls of Promise 52-Week Devotional, and is our POP Prayer Co-Leader. Lane is also an award-winning best-selling author of the 12 Steps to Becoming a More Organized Woman series of books. She is an international speaker, life coach, seminar leader, Bible teacher for 25 years, and an artist. She has served as the Associate Producer for the television program In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley.
Lane’s latest book, Evangeline, is a historical fiction based on the book of Esther. You can reach Lane at: www.LaneJordanMinistries.com or her blog at: www.PathwaysToOrganization.com , Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/164949369X Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58909052-evangeline