“Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.” - Psalm 127:1 ESV
The struggles had intensified. The relationship between the American colonies and the British government had become more bitter. Many colonists were angry, but there was no clear agreement about a course of action.
Finally, in 1776, a small group of men from throughout the colonies gathered in Philadelphia to debate their relationship with England, and decide a direction. Some felt that independence was the only recourse, but others disagreed.
On July 1, as the debate deepened, John Adams (later the second American President) proclaimed his conviction that “before God, I believe the hour has come… for the Declaration. It is my living sentiment, and by the blessing of God it shall be my dying sentiment.” Yet a deadlock existed, and the outcome was still unclear.
At the last minute, Caesar Rodney, the third Delaware delegate, arrived from his farm and cast his state’s deciding vote, in favor of independence. Soon, every colony but New York voted for independence.
After the vote had been taken, Massachusetts delegate Samuel Adams spoke about the importance of God for their decisions: “We have this day restored the Sovereign, to Whom alone men ought to be obedient. He reigns in Heaven and… from the rising to the setting sun, may His Kingdom come.”
Today, we remember the boldness and faith of those men who risked everything because of their passion for freedom. They also recognized that their efforts only could succeed if God blessed them.
This principle still is true. In fact, all of our efforts are “in vain” unless “the Lord builds the house.” This applies to nations and businesses. And to each of us as individuals.
Right now, pray for your country and its leaders. Only God can “build the house.”
PrayerFather, thank You for my country. I pray for wisdom and guidance for our leaders. May we honor and serve You. Please bring revival to our land. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Extended ReadingPsalm 127