The Ancient Proverb and America

10 Oct

The Ancient Proverb and America…

The Book of Proverbs says, “Righteousness exalts a nation – but sin is a reproach to any people.” America has known unprecedented greatness, not because of its abilities but because of goodness – in its ideals and purpose.

This proverb has held true in that God has blessed America more than any other nation in history. Yet, the second part is true as well: ‘sin is a reproach to any people.’ So as America ceases to follow the ways of God, it also will cease to be great.

That’s because true greatness comes from goodness. This is as true for people as it is for nations. We often think of greatness in terms of achieving and expanding. We seek to expand our bank accounts, careers, influence, ministries, or reputations.

But that’s backwards. You want greatness? Then seek goodness. If you want to live a great life, get your eyes off of status, influence, and possessions – and focus on the kingdom of God. Live a life of righteousness, integrity and godliness. Forget about being great. Be good instead; for goodness is greatness.

For the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth. Ephesians 5:9

Today, don’t seek to lift yourself up, to make yourself known. Seek to do what is right no matter what the cost. And you will find greatness.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,



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