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September 3, 1996

Mere Mortals

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Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing. PSALM 146:3-4
As a culture, we are enamored with leaders. We read their books, listen to them speak, join their companies, and follow them just about anywhere. They are our heroes, the men and women we emulate and hope to be like someday. But they are just mortals. They’re here today and gone tomorrow. And when they are gone, they have no ability to lead, guide, or direct us anymore. They are just a memory.
Yet life goes on. We find someone else to follow.
As workers in this leader-driven economy, we have to keep our leaders in the right perspective and give them the appropriate place in our lives. God moves people in and out of positions of authority as He sees fit. They are just men and women with a job to do that happens to carry the weight of power and responsibility with it. We should honor and respect them, but we should not fear them. Ultimately, we are accountable to the Lord for our lives and our actions.
A friend told the story of getting to have a brief visit with the president of the United States one day. As he sat outside the Oval Office, he became very nervous about what he would say. He would have five minutes with the leader of the free world. What could he say that would be memorable or significant to the president?
At once, he sensed the still, small voice of the Lord, saying, You are nervous about meeting a man, and yet you rarely give Me this kind of attention or consideration. Convicted by this realization, he purposed in his heart not to worry about the presidential encounter. That was a good thing, because just then the president’s secretary stepped into the hall to inform him that the president had to take a call and would not be able to see him.
Let’s commit to honor, respect, and pray for our leaders. But let’s also commit to fear, love, and worship the Lord. Keeping these two in balance will keep you on the right path.

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