My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation.
He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior.
2 Samuel 22:3
In just over a week our country will elect the next President of the United States. Whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney is chosen, he will be the most powerful man in the world. He will carry the burdens, well-being and future of his people for the next four years. The weight will take a toll.
Only God knows the outcome of the votes but with certainty I know the impact of the election on whomever is selected. Every man who's taken office in my lifetime has aged considerably during his term. The load of 300 million people is too much for any one man no matter how well prepared he is.
These are pictures of our last three presidents comparing how they looked when they took office to when they left or to today in the case of our current president.
Without exception the man on the right looks far older than the man on the left. I appreciate every one of these men for the sacrifice and service they have given their country. They each, along with every president who's served, wear the marks of their service on their face and hair.
This is why it is so remarkable to me that we have a king who is the King of kings and who carries the burdens of not 300 million but 7 billion people and all those who both proceed and follow us.
He never grays with worry.
His face doesn't wrinkle with angst.
But He does bear the marks of His service on His feet and His hands.
He invites those who are willing to follow Him and find peace for their hearts and rest for their souls.
In the midst of an election it tempting to look at all that is wrong or could be made better and lose sight of the incredible blessing of walking with the One who ordains every leader.
What is your greatest concern about the upcoming election? Have you taken it the One who is actually big enough to handle it?