November 7

Psalm 146:1-4

“Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help. When their breath departs, they return to the earth; on that very day their plans perish.” vss. 3-4

Well, the election is over and most people are breathing a sigh of relief and hoping that there will at least be some respite from the ugly campaigning that has been fragmenting our country. Some are happy…their people and party have won some tight races. Others are sad…their candidates and party have suffered defeat. The psalmist would say, “Why get so hot and bothered about politicians? We can never put our trust in princes…they’re only mortal. On the day they die their plans perish and they’re soon forgotten.” And whether we like to admit it or not, the psalmist has a point. While it’s important for us as citizens to be knowledgeable about propositions and candidates and participate in the process, ultimately only God is worthy of our trust and commitment. As life continues there’ll be more campaigns, more elections, politicians will come and go, and all of the bombast will have minimal effect on our happiness or contentment. What really counts is the love we show to our God and to our neighbor. When we do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly in the Lord, lives are changed and goodness triumphs…and the effects of those actions will last forever.

Thought for the Day: How am I feeling about the election?

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