picture by Kevin Carden
2 Kings 13:1-14:29; Acts 18:23-19:12; Psalm 146:1-10; Proverbs 18:2-3
“Put not your trust in princes, or man in whom there is no salvation. When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish.” Psalm 146:3-4
Ultimately, whom do you trust with your very life? To provide for your daily needs? To give you peace of mind?
The Israelite community determined they should be led by an earthly king, rather than by God alone. The book of Kings recounts the imperfect rule of Israel’s kings–only those who honored God, forsaking all other gods, experienced peaceful rules. And they were far and few between.
Like them, we want tangibles: real kings, real presidents, real financial advisers, real prime ministers. We believe they can yield safe, prosperous, peaceful results.
What kind of track record do they have?
God does invite us to become a part of His kingdom through faith. Believe in Him–just Him–just a Solo Savior.
He alone sets prisoners free.
(free from sin and death)
He alone opens the eyes of the blind.
(grants us faith to see His truth)
He alone lifts up those who are bowed down low.
(helps us bear up under problems we face)
He alone loves the righteous.
(extends his grace and mercy to those who believe)
He alone watches over foreigners, widows, orphans.
(cares for the “nobodies” in this world)
Our Solo Savior will at the end of time bring the wicked to their timely end.
In whom do you want to trust with your life?
Lord God, forgive us for our misplaced trust in human institutions-in presidents, kings, bosses, Warren Buffet-even in our own abilities and strengths rather than depending solely on you–the Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier of our lives. We thank and praise you for your faithfulness to all your promises. May we look to you and you alone for all we need. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
“Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord his God,
who made heaven and earth,
the sea and all that is in them,
who keeps faith forever,
who executes justice for the oppressed,
who gives food to the hungry.” Psalm 146:5-7