For the lovers of God may suffer adversity
and stumble seven times,
but they will continue to rise over and over again.
But the unrighteous are brought down by just one calamity
and will never be able to rise again. Proverbs 24:16 TPT
Today we celebrate the birthdays of two men of character who became our first and sixteenth presidents. like with everything today in reference to our history everything is in question and controvversial. Especially when it comes to their faith, which has bee scrutinized and subjects of heated debates trying to get to the truth. Quotes have been taken out of context which leads to misunderstanding of their beliefs and in the end lets everyone confused and wondering what is the truth. The truth is we may never know forsure, because as my Dad used to say, “we can’t go back and ask them, can we now.”
One thing we know for sure neither of them was a fan of “religion”, there are numerous quotes from them about having issues with the “institution” of religion. Yet in their writings and speeches they speak of God, not in a distant, abstract way, but in a personal, intimate way. I believe this was true in light of today’s scripture. See both of these men faced failure in their lives, on a big time level. The failures they faced could have ruined them and caused them to just call it quits and walk away into obscurity. But neither of them did. and the reason they didn’t, they used their failures as learning tools, stepping stones to something greater and eventually successful lives that live on in history to encourage and help others acheive great things in the face of adversity.
Just like what we read today in Proverbs 24, they may have stumbled, but they continued to get up over and over again and each time gaining higher ground than what they were on before. What made the difference, they were lovers of God. No one can convince me that they didn’t have a close relationship with Father God as they walked through this world. This was seen not only in their talk but in their walk. They were aware of the snares of living a “religious” life, making it look good while trying to get to God. Apparently they experienced God reaching down to them and them reaching back and embracing all of who He is. They learned and knew where their strength, wisdom, and guidance came from. Both of them walked out Micah 6:8 they did what was right, loved mercy and walked humbly with their God.
Today may we honor their legacy of being examples of knowing God personally and relying on Him alone, by praying that all our leaders and we ourselves would be examples of Micah 6:8 in the days ahead.