I just finished reading an outstanding book, Abraham Lincoln, A Man of Faith and Courage, by Joe Wheeler.
I have read many, far more detailed, tedious biographies of the one who is thought of as by many as America’s greatest President. What I liked about this book was that it dealt more with the personal faith of Abraham Lincoln.
Literally born in a log cabin in abject poverty, Lincoln saw his mother die at an early age. The woman who was to take her place become a powerful influence in his life. He said of her, “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”
Against all odds and despite multiple setbacks, Lincoln ascended to the Presidency. He had many personal tragedies, including the death of two of his sons during his lifetime. But it was Lincoln’s personal faith that sustained him through this and much more to come.
Almost immediately after he was sworn in, what was to be known as the Civil War began. Many underestimated Lincoln’s resolve, but he was determined to keep the Union together.
But as the war progressed, Lincoln become more determined that this war must be fought and settled because of the evils of slavery that simply could not stand. At great cost, the war finally ended and the slaves were free, thanks to Abraham Lincoln–a man who read and believed the Bible.
Our new President
Today, we make history as our first African-American President is sworn in. Our new President, Barack Obama, has great admiration for Lincoln, and will even place his hand on the same Bible Lincoln used when he was sworn in.
Lincoln had no qualms about expressing his faith in God and his belief in Jesus Christ. In his first inaugural address, he said, “Intelligence, patriotism, Christianity, and a firm reliance on Him, who has never yet forsaken this favored land, are still competent to adjust, in the best way, all our present difficulty.”
Lincoln was a strong believer in Scripture as well, as he also said, “All the good the Saviour gave to the world was communicated through this book. But for it we could not know right from wrong. All things most desirable for man’s welfare, here and hereafter, are to be found portrayed in it.”
We must continue to look to God and His Word
May the Lord help us now as a nation,and direct the steps of our new President, and may we all look to God and His Word for direction as we face an uncertain future.