The United States Declaration of Independence promises life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The Statue of Liberty on Ellis Island symbolizes that cherished promise. Under the covenant God made with ancient Israel, He promised them material blessings, honor, security, and freedom from fear, the ability to leave their children a godly legacy—if they reverenced Him and obeyed the terms of the covenant. We read in Psalm 112, “How joyful are those who fear the LORD and delight in obeying his commands. Their children will be successful everywhere; an entire generation of godly people will be blessed. They themselves will be wealthy, and their good deeds will last forever.” Those blessings were never fully realized because they broke the covenant. Since Jesus came, believers live under the New Covenant. Under it, God does not guarantee everyone health and wealth. But He does promise never to leave us alone, but to sustain and care for those who place their trust in Him. And when he allows us to obtain material blessings, He expects us to share a portion of our bounty with those who do not have.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More

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