In the face of the turmoil across the United States, the question many are asking, not only at home but around the world, is: Where can we find hope for America? It’s written on our money: In God We Trust.
From the writings of the late Reverend Billy Graham, he tells us that all of mankind’s efforts, from political parties, to social improvements, and even world peace conferences all fall short of finding the answers to the world’s problems.
Graham writes this happens because mankind has fallen short of God’s standard.
“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land”
– 2 Chronicles 7:14
Graham says many people miss the meaning in the above verse. The “people who are called by My name” are those who have repented of sin and accepted God as Savior and Lord of their lives, Graham says.
Graham adds that a U.S. Congressman once declared “Most of our present-day troubles are due to the fact that we’ve forgotten the faith of our fathers and no longer do we, as a nation, follow in the footsteps of the Lord.”
The Bible gives us ample examples of the above statement. The Old Testament documents event after event when Israel turned away from God, or worshiped other gods, and suffered the consequences – dearly. It was only when Israel returned to God that blessings came upon the nation.
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance.”
– Psalm 33:12
The United States can learn a lesson from Israel’s history. We know history repeats itself.
“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.”
– Proverbs 14:34
Graham says that America cannot organize, conference or buy its way out of of his troubles.
“America must pray her way out,” Graham writes. “Will we as individuals, and as a nation, humble ourselves before Him and submit to His perfect will? This is the only hope for America and for the world.”
We need to pray for our leaders, that the Holy Spirit will guide them in making the right choices.
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”
–1 Timothy 2:1-2
Put God first always. Secondly, we need to treat others as we would ourselves. We need to honor our leaders, even if it wasn’t the candidate we voted for. We need to pray that they do well because it benefits all of us.
“Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.”
– 1 Peter 2:17
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
– Romans 15:13
The Bible tells us that by believing in God we will find joy and peace. But the problem is fewer of Americans than ever believe in God.
America was once a predominantly Christian nation, but that is changing. People put their faith in science, rather than God. The words “In God we trust” are found on all American currency. Once upon a time, it wasn’t just an idle phrase. It meant something.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
America trusted God to provide a future that was full of hope. Our faith in God meant anything was possible. And it was.
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
America pioneered countless accomplishments in the world, including the seemingly impossible dream of putting the first human being on the Moon.