Read Jer. 5:1-9 & 31:27-34

August 4

THE STRENGTH OF A PEOPLE

Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now,… if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it.—Jer. 5:1

As the Hebrew prophets saw it, the greatest danger which confronted their people was not the military might of the great enemy empires, real as that danger was. Their greatest peril lay in their own interior rottenness. History is full of examples, including modern ones, which bear out the prophet’s contention.

But the Hebrew prophets did not stop there. The hope of the nation lies in its people who love justice and seek the truth. So great is their power for good that the prophet says that if one such be found he shall be enough to save the city of Jerusalem. While we may not take this statement literally, we must take it seriously. The chief bulwark of any nation—without which all other bulwarks fail—is the character of its people, men and women who love justice so much they practice it, who love truth so much that they believe it in preference to lies, although these be what they want to believe.

Nor dare we escape the personal reference of these words of Jeremiah. They march right up to you and me and ask us what we are going to do about it. A majority isn’t needed—just a few. A start can be made with you alone. The king of Israel called Elisha “the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen.” So everyone is that “executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth.”

FATHER OF ALL HUMANKIND, we pray for our country that it may be strong. Deliver it from the evils which eat like a cancer from within. Let justice mark all its dealings, and let truth be cherished. We pray also for ourselves. Lead us in paths of righteousness for Thy name’s sake. Grant us to see the truth as Thou dost set it before us in this our day. Amen.

WARNER L. HALL

First Presbyterian Church,Tuscaloosa, Ala.

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