A person cited as a motivational speaker may not have intended to motivate. The truths that echo in my ears today were spoken as words of affirmation, not inspiration or motivation. But almost two centuries after the fact, I find their author to be a very motivational speaker. Let me set it up for you, beginning with Psalm 33:12:
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom He has chosen for His inheritance.
In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 4, 1776, 56 men met and drafted our Declaration of Independence. They declared themselves to be independent of foreign political powers. The same document records their declaration of dependence on Almighty God. The closing words are:
For the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of the Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.
Those men knew the risks they took and the price they would likely pay for drafting and pledging support for such a declaration. For all they knew that day they might all hang as traitors. Yet, they linked their independence and their dependence. That linkage has been a key part of our history.
Yesterday, I posted Weakness Works. We must become comfortable in acknowledging our weaknesses. That is when we cry out to the Lord for His promise to be strong where we are weak. Those 56 signers knew their weaknesses and they declared their dependence. How did that impact the future of the nation?
In 1831, Alexis de Tocqueville visited the United States. He summarized his visit with these words:
I sought for the greatness of the United States in her commodious harbors, her fertile fields, and boundless forests – and it was not there. I sought for it in her rich mines, her vast world commerce, her public school systems, and in her institutions of higher learning – and it was not there. I looked for it in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution – and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.
Today, we should all pray and vote. But our future, our potential restoration as a nation, is not tied to any political party. I think de Tocqueville meant to affirm the goodness he saw in a people who were content to be dependent on God. Looking back, he is an effective motivational speaker. How? His words ehco in my ears and drive me to pray for a revival of Godly dependence in America. That’s what we need. So when you vote, please remember to pray for revival.
If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray…
You don’t think of yourself as a motivational speaker. According to the verse referenced above, God has obligated Himself to be motivated by your prayers. Think about it!
Soli Deo Gloria!