As we seek to be salt and light wherever we live, we’re going to have differing abilities and success to make a difference. Sometimes we must admit that, although we change what we can, our ability to change our circumstances is limited. Whether we’re talking about politics, or the inevitable conflict that arises in our relationships, we must not place our confidence in people. No matter what direction our country moves politically, no matter the difficulty we find living the Christian life around unbelievers, we can still be like a fruitful tree that is unaffected by the drought around us. That’s the kind of response to politics that I want my children to have.
Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. Jeremiah 17:6-8
It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. Psalm 118:8
Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation. When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God, Psalm 146:3-5
Here is the big question. What difference does this truth make in my life?