Monday, November 14, 2016

Devotional: Do Not Trust in Mere Man

John10: 9“I (Jesus) am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 10“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

In the aftermath of the election and all the protests and violence that has come as a result, I couldn't help thinking about Jesus' words in John 10.

Many people were looking to whoever they voted for as a savior of sorts, to right all the wrongs they felt had been done to them, or to make what already was continue in their favor.  

The sad reality is that we can not look to man to save us from anything.  The Psalmist warns us,   

Do not trust in princes,In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation. Psalms 146:3
Our only refuge and salvation comes from the Lord Jesus Christ.  

Jesus said that the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy.  As I look at what is happening in our nation after the election, what do I see?  I see people breaking store windows and stealing. I see people attacking and even killing others for their choice in the election.  I see people destroying our nation through false narratives, funding the terror that is taking place and encouraging more people to go out and destroy people, places and things.

 1 John 3:4Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.. 10By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother.
John 8:44 "You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
The Bible says that these people are lawless,and  children of the devil.  Those are strong words.

But the good news is that these people do not have to be stuck in the role of being children of the devil.  In the last part of the verse I started with, Jesus says this:

I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
We can have life and have it more abundantly when we turn to Christ as our Lord and Savior instead of trusting in mere men.  This doesn't mean that things will magically change in our world, but it does mean that there is a reason to live that transcends this life here on earth.  It means we don't have to resort to violence when we don't get our way.  It means we can live at peace with our neighbor even though they might have voted a different way than we did.  It means that we can have forgiveness of our sin, peace with God and a home in heaven with Him when we die.

This is great comfort to me as a Christian.  This can be good news to those who are unhappy about the election.  Jesus is the answer.  Put your trust in Him, not in mere man.

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