MANY Americans, and others in the world also, appear to be placing unrealistic expectations upon the shoulders of President Obama.
Some commentators are using phrases like, ‘the most powerful man on earth’, reckoning that the USA is the most powerful nation and therefore its country’s leader must be the most powerful man living.
I would question the assumption that the USA is the most powerful nation.
A small nation or people group could in fact hold America and the rest of the world to ransom, in a situation that would render impotent America’s military might, industrial power and, if it still exists, financial clout.
Those who see President Obama as a messiah come to restore America (and the world), should take a look again at the motto inscribed upon American coins: ‘In God we trust’. It is a profound motto which is actually a response to God’s own invitation to trust him, found throughout the Bible.
Such trust is to be in the first instance personal. Secondly, we need to be specific about the God to be trusted. Jesus exhibits in himself the God we are to trust. As he said to the disciples who asked Jesus to show them God, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” And, just to make sure we get the point, on another occasion he says, “The Father and I are one.”
But laying to one side for the moment the claims of Jesus, what are we supposed to be trusting God about? A job, a safe bank balance, increasing property value, good health, a holiday abroad each year?
Rather, the invitation is to trust God to put us in right standing with himself. From there to trust in God to give us the ability to live in good relationship with others.
What of those other things that concern us (employment, money etc)? Again listen to Jesus: “Seek first the Kingdom of God (that means his rule) and all these things (that which you need) will be added to you.”
Stephen Richards, Shirley Baptist Church