None of the Above – September 19, 2016

Today’s Scripture… As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disappointed.”
Romans 10:11

Thought’s for Today… I can’t remember the names of all seven of Snow White’s dwarfs, but I don’t feel
bad about that. I do remember one – Grumpy. Actually I’ve heard that the Grumpy shirt is one of Disney’s big sellers these days. I might know why. Grumpy is kind of the mood of a whole lot of people these days.

I mean, you know, with the upcoming Presidential election just around the corner, when you take just the state of politics in America, most people don’t seem to be very excited about either choice. We’ve got one group who wants us to stop spending money, and then there are some who want people to stop making money. And there are some who don’t like what the President’s doing, and some don’t like what Congress is doing. And a lot of people aren’t impressed with any candidate so far. “Hello, Grumpy!”

See, if there was a “none of the above” choice on the ballot, he might just win. I mean, it doesn’t matter whether you’re in America or many other countries of the world, we’re just hurting for a leader who won’t let us down; who can actually do something about all the problems we have. And it’s not just politicians who’ve let us down. Sometimes parents fail us…a church or a pastor fails us…a leader that we’ve looked to disappoints us…betrays us.

I guess we shouldn’t be surprised. Our leaders are a lot like us. And I’m sure there have been times in my life, when I haven’t been everything people needed me to be. I’m sure I’ve probably disappointed a few folks along the way.

As much as human leaders may have let us down, it doesn’t change the fact that our hearts are hungry for someone to look to; someone who can take us where we haven’t been able to go ourselves. Who totally lives what he says…who not only promises hope but delivers it…who can fix the unfixable…who we can follow
with the confidence that they care about us more than they care about themselves.

That’s Jesus, and only Jesus. As our word for today from the Word of God in Romans 10:11 tells us, “Anyone who believes in Him will never be disappointed.” I sure haven’t been. This Man who had the power to walk out of His grave has had more than enough power to change what I couldn’t; people I couldn’t change, problems I couldn’t fix, dark parts of me that I couldn’t control. He’s led me on roads that didn’t always make sense on the first mile, but always ended up putting me in a better place.

And there’s no doubt about Him caring more about me than about Himself. He offered Himself to be nailed to a cross and separated from God so my sins could be erased and I could be with Him in heaven forever. And anybody who loves me enough to die for me will never do me wrong.

There really is a hole in our hearts that’s starved for a loving leader for our life. A “shepherd” as Jesus said. He said, “My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me.” And where does following Him end up? He said, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish” (John 10:27-28 ). That’s a promise that only Jesus can make, and only Jesus can keep. And it may be that in a heart that’s reading this blog today that feels lost inside, needing someone to look to, looking for that person who can fix what you can’t fix, take you where you’ve never been able to go, make sense out of the scattered pieces of the puzzle, then you’re ready for Jesus and He’s ready for you.

Remember a couple of years ago, we heard a plane crashed in the Hudson River? And I thought it was just going to be massive carnage. Instead we saw “the miracle on the Hudson.” This jetliner’s engines had been totally disabled, it looked like there was going to be a tragic crash. But their captain, Captain “Sully” Sullenberger, was a veteran fighter pilot, airline pilot and crash investigator; probably one of the few pilots who could bring them in safely. And he was the one at the controls.

I’ve been on some flights where I wish I could have picked the captain in the cockpit. I’ve never been able to pick the pilot for my flight, but I got to pick the pilot for my life, and it’s Captain Jesus.

He’s the one Pilot who can bring you in safely…no matter what happens. Why don’t you reach out to Him today and say, “Jesus, I’m Yours. You died for me; I can trust You. I’m Yours.”

Have a “Wonderful DAY in Christ,”
Pastor Terry
Family Worship Center

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