It’s something that gets our blood pumping, our hearts racing, and our fingers a-typing on our devices in support or opposition of one candidate or another.
We are all desperately searching for the next great leader of our nation. We are looking for a leader that is strong, yet compassionate. We want a leader who has proven success to stand upon, but is not a part of the perceived professional political class.
We want a leader who understands the plight of the poor as well as the requisites of the rich and all others in between.
Finally, we want a leader we can trust. We need a leader who makes promises he will keep that we can put our faith in.
Can you just imagine the impact that kind of leader would have, not only on our nation, but on the world?
I am going to be honest with you, I am not so sure that kind of leader exists within any of the candidates on either side of the aisle. Yet, I think too many of us stay busy looking for a leader on earth capable of all this I have just described to no avail.
As a result, many of us have become skeptical of all potential options. We have put our trust in leaders before only to be disappointed when they backpedal on their promises.
However, I do believe there is such a leader that genuinely does possess the power to change both the United States and the rest of the world for the better.
The reason very few people are talking about him, is because far too many people are looking in the wrong place. Unfortunately, we have been wasting time looking out when we should have been looking up all along.
The leader I am referring to is not found among men. Instead, this leader resides in Heaven. This leader is God.
As I observe the ebb and flow of the election season play out on our TVs and our news feeds, one thing becomes crystal clear. Too often we place our faith in men, as in mankind, when we should be putting our faith in God.
Psalms 118:8 reads, “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.”
Psalms 146:3 echoes a similar sentiment when it states, “Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.”
This nation and the world around it will not be rescued by any one man or woman, nor can they provide any manner of salvation for humanity. Only God has the power and authority to do that.
The problem with putting our faith in the hands of men and women is that people change. They change their looks. They change their interests. They change their beliefs. They change their minds. On the other hand, Hebrews 13:8 states that, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.”
How’s that for consistency?
That is leadership and direction you and I can depend on. Unfortunately, most of us have come to the conclusion that leadership in our world comes with empty promises. However, the leadership of the Lord is quite different.
Deuteronomy 7:9 states the following about God: “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant (or promises) and steadfast love with those who love Him and keep His commandments, to a thousand generations,”
God keeps his promises.
I know this post started within the context of our current political process, but this message goes well beyond that.
Whether you have an interest in the political process or not, most all of us have been guilty at some point or another of putting our faith in the hands of people rather than God. However, people are rarely as good of stewards of our faith as God is.
You see, people stumble. People are imperfect and let us down from time to time. In 1 Corinthians 1:10-31, Paul speaks to the danger of this very practice. He goes so far as to even use prominent leaders of the early church such as Peter (Cephas), Apollos and himself as examples.
When we put our faith in men rather than God, we put ourselves at risk of creating divisions. We are also potentially setting ourselves up to fall. The reality is, no human is infallible. If we put our faith in the hands of people rather than God, our faith is no longer on the solid footing of the Lord, which is firm and immovable.
Our times and circumstances will continue to change around us, but if we put our faith in God, our future remains the same.
“Faith tells me that no matter what lies ahead of me, God is already there.” – Unknown