Pastor Graham's Daily Devotional

July 3, 2015

…The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates are destroyed by fire. Nehemiah 1:3

 
Walls were the single most important part of an ancient city. In the unstable times of the Bible, city walls provided protection from invaders and foreign attackers, as well as a means of easily moving people and goods in or out of the city.

 This weekend when we celebrate our country’s independence, we’re reminded of times when the walls of America seem battered and burned.  But just as He provided Nehemiah to Jerusalem, God has provided great people to come to America’s defense and to rebuild our country.

 Most of the time, rebuilding something is far more difficult than just starting over. This fact didn’t keep Nehemiah from doing the work God called him to do. Aren’t you thankful our founding fathers were godly leaders who didn’t shy away from doing what was right?

 Perhaps, you are saddened as I am this day for the Supreme Court’s decision to promote and legitimize lifestyles that are clearly contrary to God’s plan.  Nevertheless, take time to not only celebrate America’s freedom, but also the people who stood and stand for the right and true things that God had called them to. I pray this weekend will be wonderful as we celebrate God’s faithfulness to us and our country, despite our country’s moral failings.  Pray today for his mercy upon our nation and for our leaders, both spiritual and political, who are attempting to rebuild our broken walls.   

Thank God today for his faithfulness to America.