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Series: Meeting God On The Mountain
OPEN: One of our country's most beloved Presidents was Abraham Lincoln. He had the great misfortune of being at the helm of our nation during one of it's most troubled times. The once united States had split in two, and the armies of the North and South were waging an incessant war that claimed the lives of more men than have died in any war since.
Lincoln felt the tragedy of this war more than anyone could have guessed. He mourned the deaths of soldiers and spent long periods visiting the sick and wounded in the Union hospitals. The constant shedding of blood was sometimes almost more than he could bear. Then, in the midst of the war, his own son died and the President was literally brought to his knees.
In the middle of the week, Lincoln did what he often did during those days, he found refuge at a Presbyterian church in Washington, D.C. He went with an aide, sat with his stovepipe hat in his lap, and tried hard not to interrupt the meeting by sitting off to the side, near the preacher's study.
The minister opened the Scriptures and taught from God's Word. And when he finished, the president stood quietly, straightened his coat, took his hat in hand and began to leave.
His aide stopped him and said, ''What did you think of the sermon, Mr. President?''
He said, ''I thought the sermon was carefully thought through, eloquently delivered.''
The aide said, ''You thought it was a great sermon?''
Lincoln replied, ''No I thought he failed he did not ask of us something great.''
APPLY: In the midst of his turmoil, even Lincoln understood that when you listen to God you should expect the Lord to call you to something grand and lofty. You should expect God to challenge us and to call us to something higher than ourselves.
But the preacher Lincoln listened to on that day failed. He failed to challenge him. He failed to ask something great of the President and o ...
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