Background: The book of Proverbs (wise sayings) is one of the most practical book in the Bible. It is full of timeless teaching for everyday living. In it are approximately 900 pieces of wise advice for young and old.
On this 4th of July in the United States on which the foundation of this nation is celebrated, what is the measure of true greatness? Is it the size of the Gross National Product, the strength of the military, the beauty and resources of the land? The Bible tells us something else is the measure.
Ask the children…
What measure does God give to the greatness of any nation?
“Godliness makes a nation great, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” (Proverbs 14:4)
Today when you see the flags flying and the celebration of our founding fathers and our military that has fought to keep us free and our consititution and all that the United States represents, remember that God says that one scale is being used to measure the greatness of our country. It is the scale of godliness. A nation that loves the Lord and follows HIs commands is truly great and will stand tall for generations and beyond.
Ask your children what evidences they see of Godliness in our nation? They may mention the freedom of religion, people caring for and loving each other, protection from evil. Ask them where they see the absence of Godliness? They may mention abortion, the divorce rate, drug use, cheating, lying, stealing, promotion of unhealthy lifetstyles. Make this your prayer project to ask God to support and celebrate those areas of Godliness and reverse those areas of sin.
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