Power in the Day of Death

Ecclesiastes 8:8a There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death:

Death affects all.  It is an event over which we human beings have no control.  It can occur in a moment and forever change the lives of those still here. Continue reading

Who Do We Trust?

Jeremiah 17:5-10

5Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. 6For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.  7Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.  8For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.  9The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?  10I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

As we enter into this election year, the words of this passage of Scripture should give us perspective.  Politicians of all kinds make promises and sound as though they can solve every problem each one of us has.  However, most of their rhetoric is just that.  It is rare that any government official lives up to his or her promises. Continue reading