Oh, how God has graced our forefathers, our country, and us. He has “shed his grace” on thee and me.
God allowed the situation in England to become so intolerable that our forefathers and foremothers risked everything to cross the ocean and make their homes in this new land.
God allowed our nation to see early success in various trials, disasters, and conflicts. The Bible says, “God makes nations great, and he destroys them; he enlarges nations, and leads them away.” (Job 12:23) Yes, the United States of America has been a country providentially blessed by the King of Kings.
God allowed our nation to be envisioned, formulated, and led by scripturally informed, wise believers. A divine ethic became the foundation of our laws. Consequently, we enjoyed more freedom, justice, consistency, and earthly benefit than other nations.
God allowed our nation to thrive despite our horrible sins of injustice, kidnapping, man-stealing, or slavery. Sadly, throughout our nation’s history, in numerous ways, we have turned our back on his stated will. We have not loved our neighbors — in the womb and out of the womb — as we ought. Justice has not always been blind. Yet, despite our rank wickedness, he has continued to “shed his grace” on us.
God allowed our nation to be improved and reunited after a bitter civil war.
God allowed our nation to enjoy a run of peace. The United States of America has not been ripped apart by coups and warring factions.
God allowed our nation to enjoy success in the numerous wars in which we have engaged. He has also allowed most of these conflicts to take place on foreign soils. Consequently, we have enjoyed peace.
God allowed us to enjoy a long stretch of financial prosperity. Sure, there have been our occasional and serious recessions and depression, but God has given our country more than our fair-share of his wealth. Thankfully, this has allowed us to be a great blessing to foreign governments, missionary enterprises, charitable organizations, and various people groups across the globe.
God allowed us to enjoy educational benefits second-to-none. Our literacy rate is high. People can choose their vocations and obtain their desired training. Seeing this, the world has beaten a path to our door to enjoy our school, colleges, and universities.
God allowed us incredibly freedoms — Freedom of movement, vocation, property, expression, voting, and religion.
And the list of God’s gifted blessings could go on and on. It is very true that God has “shed his grace” on thee and me.
Let us recognize our privilege and give God thanks. We deserve none of this. This is not our right. This is not our doing. This is grace.
Let us recognize our privilege and personally redistribute his blessings. Let’s be good stewards of his wealth. Let us be gracious to others as God has been gracious to us.
Let us recognize our privilege and trust. The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. He makes rich and he makes poor. He causes nations to rise, and he takes them down in accordance with his good will. And whatever he does, it is good, blessed, right, best, and gracious towards those who are his children.
Let us recognize our privilege and pray. We need God to bring revival upon our hearts, our neighbors, and our leaders. We need God to “shed his saving and sanctifying grace” on thee and me.