This passage makes me think about the immense power of the United States. Countries and peoples around the world know us and know what a powerful nation we are. When we go to battle, we do so with great force and determination. Our men and women in uniform are second to none, the best this world has to offer. I am grateful for the warriors who put their lives on the line for the freedoms we have in this country. But with great power comes great responsibility.
I don’t want to just be known as the country with the best military, I want to be known as the country with the best education, the highest quality of life, the most respectful country in the world, the most environmentally friendly country. I want to be part of the best of the best, because those are the ideals our people go to battle for.
We each have a responsibility first to God, but also to our country. We must each do our part to make today a little better than yesterday, and tomorrow a little bit better than today. We have a duty to share the Lord’s blessings with others and to stand up in the face of dictatorships and autocracies.
The people of the world shouldn’t just fear us because we have enough nuclear power to annihilate all living things on the planet. They should dread our presence in their countries because we will show their people kindness, respect, and love. We will nurture children, lift the poor out of poverty, and always strive for peace.
I want to be part of a country that lives up to its ideals and doesn’t just talk about them.
This post is an excerpt from my devotional, Reflections Through the Bible: Deuteronomy. It is available for purchase here.