Today I would like to start by reading one of the most powerful opening lines I have ever read. ‘We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.’
I do not know about you but every time I read this, I get chills up my spine. I think of the brave men and women throughout our country’s history that have died to give us this freedom.
What do you think when you hear the words, ’We the People?’ To me, they are the three most powerful words ever written by man. As I look through my Bible I can see how many of the people in these pages would have been moved by these same three words (‘We the People’). To me, Nehemiah would have been one such person.
Granted permission to return to his homeland, he challenges his countrymen to rise up to rebuilding Jerusalem. I can just hear him saying to the people, ‘We have been given a privilege by God Himself and that is the privilege of rebuilding His city. We the people are the chosen ones.’
This is why (when threatened by his enemies and asked to hide in the temple) he says in Nehemiah 6:11, “Should such a man as I flee? And who is there such as I who would go into the temple to save his life? I will not go in!” He knew his enemies were strong but he also knew that his God was stronger.
He knew that God would protect ‘the people’ as long as they held strong to their faith. In the book ‘Patriarchs and Kings’ we read, ‘Every device that the prince of darkness can suggest will be employed to induce God’s servants to form a confederacy with the agents of Satan. Repeated solicitations will come to call them from duty.’ Like Nehemiah they should steadfastly reply, “I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down.”
I see the words ‘We the People’ and think of how God would not for one moment have us relax in our duties. We are told to be watchful and vigilant for enemies of the people are continually on the attack.
I believe this is the heart of all the heroes throughout history. This is the heart of ‘We the People’ who have died for our God and our country. These are the people who stand in the gap between liberty and tyranny. As you go to your picnic this weekend remember one thing. You may never be call to the frontlines on Afghanistan but we are all called to stand up for our faith. Stand up for Jesus!
My question today is, ‘Are you willing to stand in the gap for your faith?”