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There will be many times that you’ll be required to trust others. Is there one person in whom you can always place your trust and never be disappointed?
Psalm 9:10, “Those who know your name trust in you because you have not abandoned those who seek you, Lord.”
Welcome to 2021 and the government of the left. For a while, at least, the government of the right has been put on hold. I have been told by many after the latest presidential election that God is on the throne. It is a reminder that God is sovereign and that His will is being done. The funny thing is this, I was told the same thing after the 2016 election. It seems many of my friends are trying to make their will God’s will instead of the other way around. It as is though we say, “If my party wins, it is God’s will, and if my party loses, then God is still sovereign, and can accomplish His will regardless of who is in power.”
Does God care?
I am not saying that God doesn’t care who our leaders are, but he does accomplish His will no matter who is in office. His abilities are not dependent on political parties, or governments, or nations, or any other man-made construct. An attribute of God is omnipresence. Part of God being omnipresent is having the ability to accomplish His will anywhere.
For the Christian, this is a comforting thought. Everywhere you go, God is with you. For the unbeliever, this is equally discomforting. There is no place you can go where God cannot find you.
I remember a story of two pastors watching a tennis match. Both players were excellent players. Just before the match started, both players walked to the bench and bowed their heads in prayer. One pastor looked at the other and said, “Who do you think will win?” The other pastor replied, “The one with the best back-hand.”
I doubt God cares much about who wins a game or receives a medal, but I imagine those involved in the games believe very much that God empowers them to train, work-out, and win. I may not see God moving in their lives, but I am sure they can see Him clearly. A senator or representative may not be able to restrict God’s will, but I am sure God can use them to accomplish His will whether they want to be used or not.
Even though I believe God uses both believers and unbelievers to accomplish His will, I still will not put my trust in that leader. But if I were going to put my trust in government, it would be necessary to understand that powers change. Leaders change, ideas change, and in today’s thought, morals, and truth change. Not everyone will agree with my views, and while government may satisfy for a moment, it will eventually fail my expectations.
I may put my trust in family.
I know we like to think our families will always be honorable, faithful, and loving but I know of very few families that exist without “family squabbles.” In some families fighting is the rule rather than the exception. When the matriarch or patriarch of the family dies and the glue that holds the family together is now gone, we sometimes see betrayal and fighting in the family. Without that one person the family falls apart. Blood is no longer thicker than water.
Trust in church leaders, educators, doctors, all have the same thing in common. They are human and fallible. They will fail and they will fail you. They cannot help it. They are not perfect. Even the best of us fail and we are judged for it. In fact, those who live a moral standard far above the others, are judged most harshly. They have the greatest distance to fall and the world takes delight in watching them crash-and-burn.
Trust in God.
Those who know God, find comfort in Him. They find comfort during persecution. He is their refuge. He is their strength. They have experienced God change their lives and change their hearts. Those who do not know Him cannot see what He has done and have no experiences to draw from. To them, He simply doesn’t exist, and short of the movement of the Holy Spirit, they will never see Him for who He is. The Christian can see that He never fails and never leaves. To others, He was never there.
You do not have to be persecuted or poor to know God. The rich and powerful can know Him too, but they must refuse to put their faith in any other or anything. Like all Christians, they must make God first in their lives and trust Him. They cannot trust money or power. For many of us, this is not an issue. Just like the children’s song says, we lean on Him because, “We are weak and He is strong.”
We trust God.
We trust God because He is righteous, and He is truth. He is never wrong and never deceitful. He judges fairly. We will all be judged, but those who believe and trust Him now, are already forgiven. Will the unbeliever be found guilty? Yes. Will the believer be found guilty? Yes. The difference is the believer has already been forgiven of his debt.
For all sin there is consequence. Sin may be forgiven but the consequence remains. God will forgive us for murder, but we may still have to go to prison. God will forgive us for infidelity, but our family may fall apart. God will forgive our sin, but we must trust Jesus as Lord and Savior. Government, education, money, power, family, church leaders, the voice of the majority, social media royalty, or God. Where are you placing your trust today?