“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD And whose trust is the LORD.”
Jeremiah 17:7 NASB
In God we trust
It is the political season again. Those of us in Iowa weathered a storm of candidate visits and a blizzard of campaign commercials filling the airwaves. All of them were urging us to trust them. One candidate had a commercial featuring a turbulent sea with high waves. The inference was that he would somehow deliver us through the storm if we voted for him. I really think he was trying to convince us that he could calm the seas.
All of us are faulty at best, filled with flaws and unable to deliver ourselves through a day of struggle, let alone a storm. When I look back over my life, I remember so many candidates, so many eventual leaders, and so many broken promises. None of them could really be depended on, trusted to deliver us through a storm.
Our world seems like it is upside down. We are daily horrified by events in the greater world, in our country, in our localities and even in our homes. Our moraIs are fluid and up to interpretation. It is hard to find things to depend on. There are few people that we can trust, and isolation is the norm for so many, even in the midst of the crowd.
I am thankful for my salvation. I am thankful that I have a God that can be trusted. He has shown Himself faithful so many times in so many ways. As the world appears to be shaking apart around me, I am reminded that God is unshakable and knows the end from the beginning.
“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.”
Hebrews 12:28 NKJV
I serve God with confidence. I am able to go through my days and focus on the things of God and not the concerns of the world.
Those with a political bent are fearful of the future. They are placing all their hopes in faulty, political people who have no answers. They worry about one party or another getting into power. In reality, it doesn’t matter. Christ will be glorified regardless of the earthly kingdom.
In the beginning of our faith, the emperor Nero persecuted Christians. There is tradition that one point he would soak the bodies of believers in wax and impale them on pikes. He would then line his garden path and light them ablaze. “You are the light of the world,” he would mock. In the face of such harsh persecution the church flourished.
As our culture flips and mutates, we the people of the Word are finding ourselves increasingly rebellious. We are now the radicals. We have a God that we can trust and is our trust. He is the standard of what trust is and should be.
Fear not through this campaign season. Remember we have a true Leader that can be trusted, that will calm the storms and turbulent seas. Unlike a candidate who makes and fails to keep promises, our God keeps His promises. Jesus will never leave us or forsake us.
May there be more Jesus, and less politics!
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