Archive for: March, 2011
There exists in the economy and course of nature, an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness; between duty and advantage; between the genuine maxims of an honest and magnanimous policy, and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity; since we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.
George Washington, First Inaugural Address, April 30, 1789
The relationship of obedience and blessing is, I believe, eternally true concerning nations but also concerning individuals. If individuals ignore the “eternal rules of order and right” we do so at our own peril. And we will eventually hurt ourselves and others.
So, let us walk in love – which is itself a commandment or rule – and thereby bring honor to our heavenly King and, as God wills, blessings to our own selves and to our loved ones.
How many are your works, O LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. Psalm 104:24
Do you see our Heavenly Father when you peer into the eyes of another person who is made in his image? How about your pets and even your houseplants? These things are from his loving hand of bounty and should direct us to thoughts of Him. Reader, may I inquire, is that the case with you?
About 500 years ago a Christian writer made the following observation:
“There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.” John Calvin
May the creation lead us to the Creator and not become a substitute for Him. And may this perspective cause you to rejoice in this unhappy age.