Monday Musings 05/05/14
The Old Testament prophet Jeremiah wrote these oft quoted words: “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD.”
This Wednesday May 7th the people of South Africa will cast their ballot to determine who will lead their beloved nation for the next four years. Ironically, the 2014 election marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of apartheid and the rise of democracy.
Yesterday, the pastor of the church we attended reminded everyone of their civil duty to vote on Wednesday. He also referred to the words I quoted above in the 17th chapter of Jeremiah.
We love to read of the blessing that comes from trusting in the LORD, but it is also important that we read the words preceding this verse.
“Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the LORD. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.”(ESV)
The prophet’s analogy reminds me of the two kilometer trek I took through the Chabi desert in Kenya a few years ago. Our team went in search of a spring that we were told lies in the middle of the desert. I will never forget the intense heat of the sun beating on my head, the crunch of parched sand under my feet, the dryness of my mouth that felt like my drinking bottle was filled with salt water out of the ocean, and the endless miles of uninhabited land we experienced that day.
Elections, void of Godly trust, are a lot like a walk through the desert. The weakness of man’s flesh, the self-abasement of his heart, and his thirst for power that never seems to be quenched, leads to a long walk through a parched, uninhabited wilderness that fails to bear any good fruit.
But, “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. He is likes a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
“God, give us world leaders who will learn to put their trust in You. Leaders who will not govern in their own strength but whose hearts will turn toward You, not away from You. God, give us world leaders who will bear much fruit in the midst of drought and whose leaves will remain green in spite of the intense heat caused by the pressure to conform and compromise.”
Until next Monday…