“Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man,
in whom there is no salvation.”
Yesterday, I was pretty discouraged. I have spent the last month feverishly trying to obtain financial assistance for my customers through the Small Business Administration with programs offered through the CARE Act. Suffice it to say, the government significantly changed the rules with one program rendering it pretty much meaningless to most US businesses. It was a big waste of time and a big waste of taxpayer money when considering what it was intended to do. Why did they change the rules? They way over-promised and were unable to deliver. So, they took what they had and divided it up. Sure, they did it as fair as they could, but they never should have promised what they did.
That shouldn’t surprise me.
Still, I shouldn’t become cynical. It is quite tempting to be distrustful of underlying motives behind decision makers who are spending taxpayer money. That only leads to my own hard heart. No, I need to avoid this completely. Besides, doesn’t the Lord instruct me to not put my trust in the government? My sole allegiance and reliance should be on my heavenly Father who is the true provider.
He is also the only source of salvation.
And that is what really matters anyway, is it not?
Psalm 103:15-19 As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments. The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all.
My real mission is not to obtain SBA financing for my customers. Of course, I will continue to do that, too, but this is not my primary mission. My real job is to share the gospel with them, to show them that with Christ, they have hope.
I tell you what, I have a GREAT job! I have the best product imaginable to sell, but I don’t even need to sell it. I’m not required to convince anybody to buy. I have no sales quota, no goals, no target to hit. I don’t need to worry about earning my commission or even my base pay. God is the one who saves, and he provides for all my needs. I’m simply allowed to be part of it. And, I don’t have to, if I choose not to; but that would be stupid. Why? Because I am compensated, but not in money but in the things money can’t buy.
It’s a no-brainer.
Father, thank you. And yes, thank you for the reminder that government is not my provider or savior. That job is yours. I am grateful for that because you are the only one who is reliable and trustworthy. Amen.
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