Patrick Henry March 23, 1775
Your destiny. The destiny of nations, the destiny of mankind. We each have one. The founders often believes that we all played a part in the development of human history. Our act was one act in a multiple act play. We each have a piece of the multi-movement music piece to play. The founders understood this and that is why they took their role so seriously in challenging the British and attempting to establish a nation free and independent of the Queen's rule.
So much so that in 1774 the congress resolved to "discourage every species of extravagance and dissipation, especially all horse-racing, and all kinds of gaming, cockfighting, exhibitions of shows, plays and other expensive diversions and entertainments."
They wanted God's favor and did not want anything to interfere with this favor.
The old testament prophets understood their roles. Some were born during Israel's darkest days and were called to call out to strengthen Israel while calling out heir sin (Ezekiel). Others like Daniel were called to serve in positions of leadership among Israel's captives and document the wonders of God to a pagan society.
Still others faced trials of many sorts, all within the purpose that God had for them. Many like those below, faced those trials and 'accomplished' little in the eyes of the world, but served out the purpose God had laid out for them.
And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to fight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still others had trial of mockings, and scourging, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented,
of whom the world who was not worthy.
They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth. And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.