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Constitutional Convention


June 28, 1787

This Saturday (June 28), marks the 227th anniversary of Founding Father Benjamin Franklin calling the Constitutional Convention to prayer after several weeks of difficult discussions and frequent impasses. The Founders well understood the need to seek God and the important part that God played both in establishing this nation and in the writing of the Constitution.


Constitutional Convention


As Alexander Hamilton reported after its completion:

For my own part, I sincerely esteem it a system which without the finger of God [Luke 11:20] never could have been suggested and agreed upon by such a diversity of interests.


James Madison agreed, and reported:

It is impossible for the man of pious reflection not to perceive in it the finger of that Almighty Hand which has been so frequently and signally extended to our relief in the critical stages of the Revolution.


As far as these delegates were concerned, the finger of God – that is, His Divine power – had guided their writing of the Constitution.


Benjamin Franklin also believed this to be the case, explaining:

[I] beg I may not be understood to infer that our general Convention was Divinely inspired when it formed the new federal Constitution . . . [yet] I can hardly conceive a transaction of such momentous importance to the welfare of millions now existing (and to exist in the posterity of a great nation) should be suffered to pass without being in some degree influenced, guided, and governed by that omnipotent, omnipresent, and beneficent Ruler in Whom all inferior spirits “live and move and have their being” [Acts 17:28].


George Washington (president of the Convention) similarly attested:

As to my sentiments with respect to the merits of the new Constitution, I will disclose them without reserve. . . . It appears to me then little short of a miracle that the delegates from so many different states . . . should unite in forming a system of national government.


Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration from Philadelphia who closely monitored the proceedings, concurred, openly testifying:

I do not believe that the Constitution was the offspring of inspiration, but I am as perfectly satisfied that the Union of the States in its form and adoption is as much the work of a Divine Providence as any of the miracles recorded in the Old and New Testament were the effects of a Divine power.

(For more about the Founders’ views of the “finger of God” and what that meant historically, see the article on this in the Founders’ Bible, from Luke 11:20).


As we look forward to celebrating America’s 238th birthday next week. Let us remember that God truly has had His hand involved in the formation of our government and let us take time out, as George Washington recommended, “to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor” on America again.


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The Finger of God


But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you,” Luke 11:20.


The fingerprints of God were all over Jesus’ life and miracles. Nicodemus in John 3:2 knew “that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.”  Our lives are supposed to be walking advertisements that the kingdom of God has come upon us. A mother was very verbal to her son who was headed for Army basic training.  She was afraid he would be persecuted because he was a Christian. When he returned, his mother inquired of his persecution. He said, “No problem, they didn’t find out.” Sincere Christians should not have to wear Christian symbol jewelry to have people know they are Christian.  God’s fingerprints should be obvious.


Jesus preached in Matthew 6:13 that we should pray for God to deliver us from the evil one.


Satan has enough demons who promote his agenda to assign several thousand to every person on earth. Only God is stronger than Satan. He allowed Satan to deliver Paul an infirmity (2 Cor. 12). Then, he held Paul’s hand through each trial, protecting him from Satan’s destruction. In the process Paul matured in Christian graces to the point he could say, “I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Phil. 4:11, 13).


The finger of God can send Satan packing. Two things will evidence end-time Christians, their testimony and the Word of God which frustrates Satan.  Jesus is at the right hand of the Father representing us, and we are here on earth representing Him. Do others see God’s fingerprints all over our lives?



JUST A THOUGHT – Others should see the power of God in us



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