Seek God's wisdom in setting course on Syria

September 11, 2013 

If we search our nation's historical records, we will see that from the beginning our forebears acknowledged God. They publicly sought His help and guidance, and gave thanks for His intervention and blessings.

The Declaration of Independence, the writings of presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, and the words of honored Americans such as Daniel Webster, George Washington Carver, and Martin Luther King attest to this truth.

Abraham Lincoln recognized we had depended upon God when weak and poor, then forgot Him in peace and prosperity. According to a book entitled "God's Promises for the American Patriotic" by Dr. Richard Lee and Jack Countryman, in March of 1863, Lincoln declared a National Fast Day, saying "... we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. ... We've become too proud to pray to the God that made us."

On September 11, 2001, life in America changed dramatically. We have seen and collectively experienced one catastrophe after another. Now, our nation is debating action over the sarin gas attack in Syria. The complexity of this situation is overwhelming and legislators and citizens alike do not agree on what should be done.

I believe a majority of Americans want our leaders to lead us in humbly seeking God's wisdom. Proverbs, chapters 1 and 2 in the Bible, say: God calls to us to come and seek His wisdom. In ignoring and rejecting Him, we will experience "the bitter fruit of living our own way." However, seeking God gives hope. For, the Lord grants wisdom! Then we will "understand what is right, just and fair"; and "will know how to find the right course of action."

Linda Perrey

Bradenton

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