Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
Psalm 71:1-6 (You have been my strength); 2 Chronicles 34:1-7 (Youthful Josiah inaugurates reform); Acts 10:44-48 (Gentiles receive the Holy Spirit)
Every four years we witness the same thing. Iowa, in the dead of winter, becomes a tourist attraction. Anybody who’s thinking of running for president and all of their supporters head to Iowa to get people to vote for their candidate. We hear how horrible the other party is, and how evil the other people running for president from their own party are. By the time these politicians finish, you begin to think that they really believe that they are the only hope the United States has, and if you don’t elect them, the country is doomed.
I admit, I have my favorite candidate. And sure enough, the other party and the other people running from my candidate’s party spell doom for the country. (Not really) But the real truth is that what America needs is for people to return to God. “In you, Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me; turn your ear to me and save me.” (Psalm 71:1-2) Our hope for the present and the future must be found in God. Only God can deal with every problem we face. Even the person I support for president this year isn’t perfect. Perfect leadership, perfect hope is only found when we turn to God. As we cheer on our favorite candidates this year, may we never put the candidate in the place of God.
Lord, in this election that is upon us let us we seek Your wisdom before voting. Give us enough wisdom to know that You are in control, but we also pray for leadership that honors You.