Inauguration Day is coming soon here in America.
And that’s good news for some and bad news for others (depending on your point of view).
If the one word that best described 2020 was “angst,” it seems like the one word to best describe 2021 will be “divided.”
Nowhere has that been seen more clearly recently than in politics, but the reality is, we are a divided people in many ways…politics yes.
And…also things like religion, race, gender, and economics (just to name a few).
Not to mention all of the things we argue and debate and divide over on social media…but that list would be too long to include here.
(And probably too divisive…)
In all of these things, it’s easy to justify our own opinions and belittle or even condemn the opinions of others.
It’s easy to “throw hands” on our social media feeds as we debate and argue and unfriend each other over whatever argument we believe is worth fighting for (and losing friends over).
It’s even easy to sit back and say/do nothing…to choose to not engage with the debates on any level.
But we don’t always do that with the purest motives either.
In times like these, we all need wisdom from the LORD.
So, whatever your opinion is of our country right now…
Whether you are looking at Inauguration Day as a fresh start or the beginning of the end…
As the product of an ongoing conspiracy or the voice of the people…
Regardless of your stance on anything political, hear these words from Jeremiah 17…
This is what the Lord says:
“Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans,
who rely on human strength
and turn their hearts away from the Lord.
6 They are like stunted shrubs in the desert,
with no hope for the future.
They will live in the barren wilderness,
in an uninhabited salty land.
7 “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord
and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.
8 They are like trees planted along a riverbank,
with roots that reach deep into the water.
Such trees are not bothered by the heat
or worried by long months of drought.
Their leaves stay green,
and they never stop producing fruit.
9 “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things,
and desperately wicked.
Who really knows how bad it is?
10 But I, the Lord, search all hearts
and examine secret motives.
I give all people their due rewards,
according to what their actions deserve.”
In a country that is clearly divided right now on so many levels, we need to remember that our trust cannot be in mere humans (v5).
But rather, our trust must always be in the LORD…our hope and our confidence must come from Him (v7).
Because when we choose to put our trust in men, our hope is misplaced at best and will ultimately ruin us (v6).
Because it is the LORD who searches all hearts and examines secret motives…
He is the only One with the power and authority to give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve (v10).
And, this is true for everyone.
For the media.
For the politicians.
For the protestors and anti-protestors.
For me and you.
May we all be a people who trust in the LORD in 2021.
May our hope and our confidence come from Him and Him alone on this upcoming Inauguration Day.
And, may we never stop producing the kind of fruit that will last far beyond the kingdoms and political powers in place in 2021 and beyond.