On January 7th of 1789, George Washington was elected as the first American President. At his inaugural address, he said that since God had seen to bless us with opportunities for our country to thrive, we must ensure “His divine blessing may be equally conspicuous in the enlarged views, the temperate consultations, and the wise measures on which the success of this Government must depend.”
President Washington knew that, in order for us to succeed as a nation, we must faithfully rely on our God. George Washington quotes:
“It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and Bible.”
“What students would learn in American schools above all is the religion of Jesus Christ.”
“It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favors.”
How far removed are we from these wise words? Let us research scripture to find out.
Psalm 33:12 says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is The LORD.”
Let’s look at this verse in three parts to get a better understanding of it as a whole. The three parts are … 1) the nation 2) whose God 3) is The LORD.
1) The Nation: Quick definition of Nation – a large aggregate of people UNITED by common descent, history, culture, or language, inhabiting a particular country or territory. What united us? It was the overwhelming desire of our forefathers to have religious freedom. Their desire stemmed from their understanding of God’s Holy Word – an unmovable, unshakeable declaration of eternal truth from our Creator.
2) Whose God: From the beginning of creation, people have placed other gods (selfish desire, pride, idols, demonic influence) before the One True God. The bible is clear: complete surrender and reliance on God is the perfect and only place to reside.
3) Is The LORD: the nation that is blessed is the one that worships God. He is the One who hung the moon in the sky and sent the planets in rotation, the God who speaks life into existence, and who cares for every fiber of our being, whose greatest example of love comes through sacrifice and suffering, sending His Son to die on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins.
A nation led by God is, indeed, a blessed nation. If a nation that was founded on and by God decides to return to serving God, then certainly God would be with her, correct?
Perspective in time: many of the framers and signers of the constitution died in the 19th century. Today we still have people alive from that century. It may seem that our once God-led country is a long way from where we started, but, if we turn back toward God, we may not be as far as we think.
Our nation can be what it once was, but revival is needed. Revival, for our country, starts individually then spreads throughout. Start where you stand.