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. Psalm 146:3-4
Our world can seem so real and important sometimes, but scripture reminds us that our world is temporary. Everything in it as well, the people and the troubles, even the good things, too. We can be lulled into the sense of security by trusting people who tell us good promises. We can follow those who we think are powerful or influential.
When we fix our eyes on the Lord, however, we see things from a different perspective, an eternal one. No matter how many days someone spends on earth here, it is nothing in perspective to the eternal God. His days are unnumbered. Our most powerful men and women are nothing compared to the power of God.
Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away. For the sun rises with its scorching and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits. James 1:9-11
It can feel easier to trust in the strong people in the world than an unseeable God, but only when we don’t know the One True God. As we seek Him and He teaches us about Himself, we are not only preparing for eternity, but we are learning to live each and every day more and more believing Him.
God is working to bless the world and bring freedom to His children. When we see others who are doing good works, bringing about good things for other people, it’s the Lord we honor and celebrate. He is a good God who knows how to give good gifts.
While this thought can sometimes seem to be such a downer, it is actually full of hope. It’s not about moping because time here is so short. It’s about recognizing that there’s more beyond this; that we’re a part of something bigger and something awesome. God is there and will be there and is greater than all that we see. As good as this life can be, it gets better. And when this life isn’t good, remember that it’s only temporary.
The LORD gives freedom to the prisoners. The LORD opens [the eyes of] the blind; The LORD raises those who are bowed down; The LORD loves the righteous. The LORD watches over the strangers; He relieves the fatherless and widow; But the way of the wicked He turns upside down. The LORD shall reign forever–Your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the LORD! – Psalm 146:7b-10
God is the constant through all of it and we can trust Him. All the oppression will be lifted in His name, and in His time. The wicked who seek selfish gain at the expense of the suffering will be turned on their head! Nothing will dethrone the Lord from His high and mighty place, no person and certainly no sin. Praise the Lord for showing us His mighty works!