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September 22, 2008

Jesus Never Fails

With the storm clouds of war hanging heavy in Europe, Dr. Forrest wrote these words, “The world is seeking leadership. It seems that chaos is in charge but it is not. Newspapers and radio bulletins are full of talk about the kind of leader we need. Where are we going to find a dependable person to lead us through the storms that are swelling? All have human limitations. Many already have turned against the president. This has always been true with human leadership. Napoleon experienced this along with Alexander the Great, and Charlemagne.

“While these men were great leaders, death ruled over them. They died and were buried but we serve a risen Savior—someone whom the grave could not hold. His death was not an ending. It was the sign of an undisputable victory and a bright victory. If He had died, we would have nothing. But He rose from the grave, and we have eternal life.”

We could easily lift Dr. Forrest’s words and place them in today’s setting. Our nation is looking for a leader who can help to stem the inevitable tide of sorrow, distress, and loss. But we need to look no further than to Jesus. Not only does He save us from our sins, He has made a commitment to walk with us each and every single day.

This means that His wisdom and insight are ours. When we face difficulty, He knows the way we need to travel. When our goals and dreams are threatened and even begin to fade, He knows exactly what is needed to revive our hope for the future. All we have to do is pray, and He will provide the leadership we need. While many are talking about the need to have a godly president in the White House, the greater quest should be to have a godly leader in charge of our hearts and lives. Kings and presidents come and go. Earthly leaders are forgotten, but God is the same today and forever.

Pray for our leaders. Pray for wisdom and insight, but pray first and utmost that your heart will be bound with God’s. When it is, you will have the peace, security, hope, and joy that you long to experience.

Isaac Watts wrote: O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come, our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home. Whatever your need is today, Jesus is the personal, loving leader who has the answer.

(Taken from the online devotional book Grace in The Wilderness © 2008