Pastor’s Pen: The best candidate is in charge
As I write this article, I have no idea who will win the United States Presidential election, but I can tell you that the best candidate is in charge. I don’t mean the one best capable of running the country. I mean the One best capable of running the universe. The LORD is in charge. That should give us peace.
In difficult times, like you may feel we are in as a country, many gain comfort from Isaiah 40:30-31. It tells us that “those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.” But why would we hope in the Lord when the nation may seem in turmoil… or your family is faltering… or your health is failing? Well, before Isaiah tells us that that “those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength”, he tells us about the character of this LORD in whom we should hope.
Isaiah 40 was written to a nation going through an oppressive time. It was a time that would last for another 100 years before entering 70 more years of captivity.* Life was not good and there was no hope for a promising future. Yet Isaiah tells them that they can hope in the Lord. Let’s take a look at how Isaiah describes the LORD in whom they could trust then and we can fully trust now:
1. The Lord will come in glory and all will know it — He is the ultimate victor (Isaiah 40:3-5)
2. The Lord’s Word will come to pass — He is faithful and trustworthy (Isaiah 40:6-8)
3. The Lord takes care of His people like a shepherd does his flock — He will look out for you (Isaiah 40;11)
4. The Lord has incomparable knowledge, far above our own — so trust His judgment (Isaiah 40:13-14)
5. The Lord is worthy of more honor than we could ever give Him — He is worthy of our hope and trust(Isaiah 40:15-17)
6. The Lord rules over all, even kings and presidents — your hope does not depend on who fills a temporal position on earth (Isaiah 40:21-24)
7. The Lord created the greatest of creations — His power and will cannot be denied (Isaiah 40:25-26)
Isaiah sums it all up in verse 28 with this statement, “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom.”
If you trust in a God like that then it does not matter who is President, who’s in Congress, who’s on the Supreme Court or what tragedy you are going through in life. The fact is that with a God like that, you have hope and “those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.” Always trust God and place your hope in the all-powerful, all-knowing, faithful LORD over all.
... And if you are still struggling to trust God, read Isaiah 40 for yourself.
*From The Bible Knowledge Commentary; Woolvard & Zuck