The thought of shaping the future is powerful, but past history is also very important. Karl Marx said, “If I can steal their history, I can steal their country.”
Roots are essential and powerful; foundations are critical. Before facing Goliath, David asked the question, “Is there not a cause?” Interestingly, the Hebrew word used for “cause” also means “history.” Therefore, David may have been asking his brother and fellow Israelites, “Is there not a history?”
What would David have meant by such a question? Perhaps he was asking, “Don’t we have a history worth believing in and fighting for?”
Or, thinking of his fellow Israelites’ unbelief, maybe David was asserting, “Is there not a history of faithfulness from our God that brings enough confidence to face this giant? What about Abraham and the promises made to him? Did God come through with Isaac and the land He promised? And what about the Exodus with all of its miracles? Come on guys, isn’t there enough of a history with God to bring the needed courage to face this giant? We have history on our side!”
In addition, David may have been referencing Israel’s covenantal history. The fact that they were in covenant with God meant that He would fight for them; their enemies were His enemies. Also, when in covenant with God, His resources were their resources. With God on their side they could not fail.
A history with God is powerful!
What about us as Christian Americans today facing the spiritual giants in our land? Do we have history on our side? “Yes!” scream the Pilgrims, our founding fathers, and early settlers.
Knowing the truth of what Marx stated when he spoke of a country‘s history, there are anti-God forces today trying to rewrite American history. But we have a godly heritage in this nation that cannot be denied.
Examples abound. As the founding fathers of America declared their independence from England, they also acknowledged their dependence upon God. Very aware that he was the author of their existence, they stated their reliance on God to provide the wisdom and leadership necessary to create and maintain a new nation.
The Declaration of Independence has four clear references to God and concludes with these words:
And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection
of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes
and our sacred honor.
After signing the Declaration, some wept. Others, like Witherspoon, bowed their heads in prayer. Samuel Adams rose and stated, “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.”
Now that is some history to build on!
The Appeal to Heaven movement is all about restoring the Sovereign and His Son, Jesus, to His rightful place in America.
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