May the LORD our God be with us as he was with our fathers; may he never leave us nor forsake us. May he turn our hearts to him, to walk in all his ways and to keep the commands, decrees and regulations he gave our fathers. (1 Kings 8:56–58, NIV 1984).
My Musings – This was the plea of King Solomon at the dedication of the temple. As we approach our National Day of Prayer (May 6th), it seems a fitting plea for our nation as well. While some may disagree, it seems abundantly clear to me that God was indeed with our forefathers as they migrated to and built this great nation. He has never forsaken us, but as a nation it seems like we have turned our hearts away from Him to walk in ways that are most pleasing to us.
Those ways are failing us as we sink deeper and deeper into a divided nation. Divided on so many levels. We need a common bond to unite us. Again, while some may disagree, if we as a nation would once again “turn our hearts to him, to walk in all his ways and to keep the commands, decrees and regulations he gave our fathers,” as we draw closer to Him, we cannot help but grow closer together and narrow the divide.
My Advice – Let’s draw near to Him, and in so doing draw closer to one another. It’s not so much a question of can we return to God, as it is will we return to God?
Blest Be The Tie That Binds
- Blest be the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred minds
Is like to that above.
- Before our Father’s throne,
We pour our ardent prayers;
Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one,
Our comforts, and our cares.
- We share our mutual woes,
Our mutual burdens bear;
And often for each other flows
The sympathizing tear.
- When we asunder part,
It gives us inward pain;
But we shall still be joined in heart,
And hope to meet again.