Inauguration...Celebrate a life...
Today’s reading from the “So That’s Why” Bible consists of pp 99-104, Exodus 12-15.
For what do you desired to be remembered?
Who do you want to praise you?
What is your greatest pursuit in life?
Whom do you serve?
Bejamin H. Hill said the following of the man whose birth we celebrate today. A man that is acknowledged as one of the greatest Americans that ever lived.
“He was a foe without hate, a friend without treachery, a soldier without cruelty, a victim without murmuring. He was a public officer without vices, a private citizen without wrong, a neighbor without reproach, a Christian without hypocrisy and a man without guilt. He was Caesar without his tyranny, Napoleon without his selfishness, and Washington without his reward.”
This man has been without equal in our lives.
He pursued the heart of God with passion.
He walked in obedience unto the Lord while speaking and living forth the truth without reservation.
We do well to remember him.
We would do better to learn of his life and to emulate it.
The world will point to those of its own to heap accolades upon.
The world snickers at hypocrisy.
The world winks at unfaithfulness.
The world laughs at overt lies.
The world prefers to look upon the externals...lineage, skin color, socio-economic standing...rather than upon the character of a man.
We see it in our time.
All are exalted in our society.
The world rejoices in the fruit of the leaven of sin within man.
Such are given positions of authority...are praised as “shrewed”...are proclaimed as “successful.”
They are given “holidays.”
Nothing could be further from the truth.
What does the Lord call us to do?
...to seek the Lord
1 Chron 16:11
11 Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually.
...to be holy
1 Peter 1:15-16
15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
...to be obedient
2 Cor 10:3-6
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
...to trust Him
28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God , that I may declare all thy works.
...to press on
12 Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may clay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,
14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
The man celebrated today lived such a life.
May we give the Lord thanks for the example we have in Robert E. Lee.
Five states celebrate today as “Robert E. Lee” day.
Learn more here - Musings from Maytown
May we remember.
May we live lives unto the Lord as did Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and “Stonewall” Jackson.
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