In a political year like this, many campaign promises are made by candidates of all parties. We are all too familiar with Trump’s MAGA- Make America Great Again. This is a clear reference to the failed policies of his predecessor Obama and a desire to make America great again, primarily in a financial sense. Joe Biden’s motto, at least right now, is a similar one, “Transition to Greatness.” We all dream of a national utopia. Military strength, soaring 401K’s, low unemployment rates, and certainly the lack of global pandemics.
Yet during these times of relative ease one could certainly argue that the majority of professing Christians also fall into a lackadaisical comfort zone spiritually as well. After all, how much do we need God when things are going well? There is little need to depend on God to meet our financial needs- we have good jobs for that. National protection? Nope, we have that too. Though we don’t like to admit it, the times that most individuals and countries draw closest to the Lord is during hard times. That is when we are reminded how much we need the Lord.
Our reading today brings us to 2 passages that remind us as believers of our need to trust in our God, and not in other things or people. Psalm 20:7 reads, “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.” Similarly, Isaiah 31:1 says, “Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the Lord!” We are reminded that our God is a jealous God (Exodus 34:14) and that he longs for His people to live lives of genuine faith and trust in Him. No doubt the Lord often brings seasons of physical and financial trials in our lives for us to be reminded of that fact. As much as we look for these times of trial to quickly end, we must pause and remember the spiritual benefit of the reminder to not trust in who our president is or how full our bank accounts are. The Lord can change things like that very quickly and shame on us if we place our trust in those things to carry us through life. No, we need to continually follow Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart.”