I had to buy postage stamps the other day. Again! Seems like I use them so quickly these days. I automatically asked the clerk for the "Forever" stamps since they never change in value. Assuming, of course, that someday in the future I might actually keep stamps long enough for that to pay off. ha
When she handed me the stamps, I noticed they were different than any I had seen before. I was impressed from the minute I looked at them. Our beautiful red,white, and blue stars and stripes against a white background. So crisp and clean and patriotic! And the icing on the cake...so to speak...was the words inscribed on each stamp. There were four. Freedom. Liberty. Equality. Justice. And each of these was followed by the word "Forever". Freedom...forever. Liberty...forever. Equality...forever. Justice...forever. I know that this "forever" was just telling me that these stamps would work forever no matter what the price of stamps go to. But to me it spoke of more.
Freedom. Liberty. Equality. Justice. All these things we have experienced here in the United States at one time. But none of them can we put "forever" on the end and expect it to be true. All four of these precious items are being chipped away from our nation little by little.
But all four of these things are found in the Bible.
Freedom/Liberty -- Galatians 5:1 "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage."
Justice -- Romans 3:24 "Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:"
Equality -- Isaiah 40:25 "To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One." and... (this speaking about Jesus) Philippians 2:6 "Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:"
To ALL these Scriptures we can add "forever" and will not be wrong. So when I use these new postage stamps, I will not only think of our stately United States of America, but I will also think of the promises in the Bible concerning these four words...freedom, liberty, equality, and justice...and remember that I can trust my God's Word to be true FOREVER!
God bless you!