“So those now who live by faith are blessed along with Abraham, who lived by faith—this is no new doctrine! And that means that anyone who tries to live by his own effort, independent of God, is doomed to failure.” Galatians 3:9,10
Today is the 4th of July. I rarely hear, “What are you doing to celebrate Independence Day”. It’s become a day of festivals, picnicking, partying, and another holiday away from work. We should never forget the reason for the holiday–the day our Congressional Congress completed the draft of the Declaration of Independence from England.
Independence Day firework displays became a tradition soon after the original Independence Day. Nearly 700 million dollars is spent each year in fireworks and it is estimated eighty percent are for backyard displays. In 2013, it was reported approximately 11,400 injuries were caused by the craze of shooting off fireworks.
One of our neighbor’s across the river did a fireworks display Saturday night which lasted over a half hour. Once the booms and pops ended, poor little Daisy struggled to go out to do her job. This display was seen by a handful of people. Freedom gives them the ability to spend money on whatever gives them pleasure.
What does independence mean to you? This Fourth of July, are you free from whatever has held you bondage in the past? Fear? Poverty? Obsessive behavior? We must remember to trust God to free us from bondage to become free.
Lord, help us remember to celebrate our independence as a nation every day. Amen.