God Governs

The longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth—that God governs in the affairs of men." These words were addressed to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia on July 2, 1787, by Benjamin Franklin, that seasoned veteran of the fight for freedom and good government. The Convention, which finally framed the Constitution of the United States of America, had reached a complete deadlock over the issue of equal voting power for each state, and there was danger that it would break up without having adopted the necessary constitution to form a union. The alternative to union was disruption and conflict.

Franklin went on to quote from the Psalms (Ps. 127:1), "Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it." After four or five weeks of heated controversy had afforded what he called "a melancholy proof of the imperfection of the human understanding," Franklin moved that henceforth prayers be held every morning in the assembly before proceeding to business. Although never put to a vote, this motion served in some measure to turn the thought of the delegates to God, the source of all true wisdom.

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