(October 24, 2016)
In our modern society, so many things are outside of our control – likely more is out of our control than at any point in human history. Basic human needs – food, shelter, water, for example – are provided to us via means that we don’t fully understand and which we certainly cannot control.
This absence of control is disquieting at times, but it also is a pervasive reminder to us of our utter dependence upon God. Whereas the Psalmist saw the need for deliverance from his enemies, we may perhaps have different needs for deliverance. We may be tempted to seek out protection through self-reliance, through political intervention, or any of a number of ways. But ultimately we cannot find safety in any manner other than through the protection of the Lord.
We are in the midst of what could at best be considered a tumultuous political season. And yet, ultimately, whomever is elected our hope lies not in the ballot box but at the Sacrament Table, not in standing up for our rights but kneeling before our God. He and He alone can fix everything. Hoping for any other solution is foolish and, ultimately, idolatry.