Abraham Lincoln – A Divine Calling For a Divided Nation
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. – Roman 8:28
The Civil War started because of uncompromising differences between the free and slave states over the power of the national government to prohibit slavery in the territories that had not yet become states. When Abraham Lincoln, a Republican who ran on the platform promising to keep slavery out of the territories was elected president in 1860, seven slave states in the deep South seceded and formed a new nation, the Confederate States of America. In 1861 four more states left the union to join the Confederacy and the nation plunged headlong into civil war.
I often think to myself, did President Lincoln really know what he was getting himself into? Did he think it was unfair that he was thrust into this role of leading our nation through the most tumultuous time in our history? Regardless of what he may have felt at the time, one thing is very clear… he was prepared to do whatever was necessary to lead our nation and pave the way for freedom from slavery.
This past week I visited Washington, DC for the first time ever and the first sight-seeing stop I made was the Lincoln Memorial. I was so excited to check it out because I’m a huge presidential history buff and Lincoln is one of my favorites. As I walked up the steps to the memorial, through the crowds of people, I didn’t anticipate the feeling that would come over me when I got to the top and saw the giant Lincoln statue. I stood there in awe and immediately felt the presence of God. It’s so amazing how you can feel the presence of God surrounding a statue of a historical figure so I started to think about why that was. I realized that this man was called by God to lead his nation out of one of its darkest times.
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. -2 Timothy 2;15
We’re all called by God to lead. Whether it’s our wives, our children, our friends, or our co-workers, each one of us has a calling on our lives. One of the things that made Abraham Lincoln so great was the fact that he consistently did the right thing even when it wasn’t the popular thing. He led and lived with integrity and because of that, his legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of everyone who reads and hears about him.
Today’s Training: What has called you to do? Sometimes we think that it has to be some huge divine calling, when it reality sometimes God calls us to live our lives modeling what it means to be a man of integrity.