On July 4th we will celebrate the birthday of our nation and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.
If you recall your American History, the 13 colonies grew tired of being ruled and taxed by a king who lived 3000 miles away in England. So, on July 4, 1776, the Colonies officially declared their independence from Great Britain.
They knew they could not defeat the British Army solely through their own efforts. The odds were greatly against them. The British had over 25,000 troops. General George Washington had only 5,000 troops. Not only were they outnumbered 5 to 1, but many of our soldiers were under age 15 and lacked any training.
Our new nation was going to need help. And our forefathers knew just where to receive it. They announced the source of their aid in the final sentence of the Declaration of Independence:
With a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives.
So, while the colonies were declaring their independence from Great Britain, they were at the same time declaring their dependence upon God.
One day after the approval of the Declaration of Independence, John Adams wrote his wife Abigail about the importance of that special July day in 1776,
“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary Festival. [July 4th] ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty”
While our country celebrates Independence Day, we Christians need to declare a “Dependence Day” for ourselves. Let us take time for “acts of devotion to God Almighty.” May I encourage you to read and meditate upon Psalm 85 and rededicate your life to the Lord Jesus Christ and to live each day dependent upon His grace.