Friday, November 11

Land of the Free

The Lord foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord...--Psalm 33:10-12a

Today we honor our veterans--those who have served selflessly to advance the cause of freedom at home in the United States, and abroad. Veterans no only have defended our country's honor in the face of strong opposition, they have been afforded the blessed of witnessing the outcome of their efforts. I have a deep respect and admiration for our military men and women. I am proud of the strength and determination they exhibit under extremely trying circumstances. I am proud to have family members and friends who have served this country in the past and who continue to do so.

We live in a world where evil runs rampant. This can be disheartening, especially when it affects us on a close and personal level. Corrupt nations do unspeakable things to one another, all for the sake of feeling powerful. Only God is all powerful. Kings and kingdoms fall. Nations that rise to power will one day collapse under the weight of God's absolute authority.

I think that our honorable veterans, especially those who have witnessed the defeat of this century's most notorious leaders and their despicable regimes, are experiencing, at least to some small extent, the taste of victory that we all will one day share.

Upon completion of God's purpose for us here on earth, we will stand before His throne. Battle weary and shell-shocked from a lifetime of fighting against the darkness of this world, we will be welcomed into a post-war era. Those of us who call on the name of the Lord will get to spend eternity as veterans of the greatest war ever waged--the war between good and evil. After the final battle, when Christ returns, we will truly be living in the land of the free.



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