Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing. Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God.
— Psalm 146:3-5
In the early 15th century, the kings of both Italy and Bohemia promised safe transport and safe custody to the great pre-Reformation reformer, John Hus. Both, however, broke their promises, leading to Hus being burned at the stake in 1415.
The great British statesman Thomas Wentworth had once even carried a document signed by King Charles I which read, “Upon the word of a king you shall not suffer in life, honour, or fortune.” It was not long, however, before Wentworth’s death warrant was signed by the very same monarch!
If anything is sure in life, it’s that there’s very little that’s sure in life! This is especially true when it comes to putting your faith in the rulers of the world. Yet so often, Christians are as guilty as anyone of saying, “If we can only get so-and-so elected, things will be great.” History goes to show this just isn’t the case.
In whom do you place your faith? Is it in the princes of the world who talk a big game and promise you anything that will get them more votes? Or, are you firmly committed in your faith to Jesus who is eminently greater than any earthly ruler? Princes will let you down, but Jesus never will!
Pray for wisdom and discernment when it comes to politics—that you’d stay committed to Jesus, who is greater than any earthly ruler!
Questions for Thought
What are some instances when you’ve been guilty of trusting in man more than you trust in God?
What attitude should you have when you support a political candidate or cause that will help you stick to your convictions but avoid creating an idol?