“The time is near at had which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves.” – George Washington
But I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress. – Psalm 59:16
Independence: “showing a desire for freedom” – Merriam-Webster Dictionary
What does freedom cost? Freedom has always come at the cost of life. Or has it? You probably know that God told Adam and Eve that eating of the tree of knowledge of good and evil would cost them there lives. We say that God gave them the freedom to choose. But would they have been free if they hand’t ate the fruit of that tree? Does a kite not have freedom because of its string? Indeed, a kite is held back by its tether. However, we all know how long a kite could fly without being held down. Would it be more accurate to say that independence always costs life? While I’m writing this, millions of Americans are celebrating America’s independence. It’s the fourth of July, Independence day. Of course it’s something to be celebrated. On this day we think of freedom, democracy, and heroism. Freedom, democracy, and heroism that has spread throughout much of the world because of our Declaration of Independence. And so we are thankful for the bravery of our forefathers and mothers. We are thankful that they risked their lives to gain freedom for many. What were the chances a colony like ours could militarily overthrow its empire? Those signers of the Declaration we celebrate today knew that this colony would have to win a war against the greatest super power in the world in order for them to live. Signing that paper was a death sentence without victory. And so it is with us. Life is a death sentence without the victory of Jesus. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God and declared their independence from Him they signed our fate. Only, we have no hope of defeating the will of God. However, it was not God’s will that we should all die for eternity. He had a plan for victory. He had a plan to reconcile freedom and independence. We all want the freedom of independence. However, there is no such thing. Like the kite crashes to the ground without the string, our freedom evaporates without dependence on God. So today, as we celebrate our countries independence, let’s also celebrate our dependence. Our dependence on the victory of Christ upon the Cross.
How deep the Father’s love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure
How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory
Behold the Man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice,
Call out among the scoffers
It was my sin that help Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished
I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom
How Deep The Fathers Love For Us
by Phillips, Craig, and Dean
The time for us all to choose between slavery and freedom is right now. Choose the only true freedom. The freedom found through slavery to Christ.
Daily Journaling Questions:
- How did I help someone in kindness today?
- What did I learn today?
- What am I thankful for?
- Who did I love today?
- What am I dreaming of?
- What about today do I want to remember forever?
- What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,