Monday, May 31, 2010

Rosebuds of Faith Series: The Face of Courage


'Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou
divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers
to give them.'    Joshua 1:6

Today is Memorial Day in the U.S. The day will be filled with parades
and backyard celebrations, honoring those who have served and who
serve today in our military. Many cities and towns will host festivities
to honor the fallen, and to show appreciation for those who daily put
their lives on the line for our freedoms.

The fight for freedom was begun many years ago. God ordained that
His people should fight for their lands, many times over. He could
have just swept his hand over it, or spoken His wishes out loud, and
the land would have been pure and spotless, with no fighting, no
blood shed.

But God also knew that mankind needs to be a part of the process.
If we truly want to have the promise of God, to have our inheritance
of the land He promised to our forefathers, then we must take
ownership of that promise. It is, after all, ours. He gave it to us. And,
I have to tell you, if you do not already know (and I think you do!),
the promises made in the Bible, yes, back in 'the day', are promises
that have been handed down to us, over and over again, and are just
as binding today as they were all those thousands of years ago.
And God is just as faithful.

We all fight for our country in different ways. Some of us join up
with the armed forces; some are political, either actively or by voting
based on informed choice; some (hopefully all of us) pray, and seek
God's wisdom in all things first and foremost. And, of course, there
are those who do all of those things.

If we truly love our God and country, then we will participate in the
preservation of our freedoms in some way. But we must thank our
God first, and our military men and women, no matter where they
are serving, no matter their branch of service, no matter their jobs in
that service, for their courage, their willingness to stand for what
they and we believe in, and for their strength for the battles they
will face today and in the days ahead.

So when you are taking part today in public festivities, or even if
you are only attending a back yard bar-be-que, don't forget what it
is really all about....God's promise, and people's courage throughout
the ages, to stand, to fight, to conquer, and to preserve our Christian
way of life, with His hand leading the way.

Thank God. And thank any military person or family you know or
encounter for their willingness to serve this country that we all love.


'The Faces of Courage'

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