O Father, how easy it is to follow someone when they bring good into my life.
When the Israelites escaped the power of Aram (the opposing, oppressive king) it was easy to look at Jehoahaz, their own king, and follow him. But the deliverance came from You, not Jehoahaz, and the people continued to follow him in evil idolatry. Jeroboam, grandson of Jehoahaz recovered the lost territories and restored the boundaries to Israel, but also led the people into sin, doing evil in Your eyes.
Still today, military victories draw people to follow the man who brings them. People of my times follow, even worship, those with money, fame, political power. They are awed and swept away to place their trust in those who mislead and later, disappoint them. They support these ‘champions’ by touting their philosophies, defending their causes, sending them money. This is a form of worship.
Even good men, who desire to lead godly lives: pastors, evangelists; fail morally, and cause others who put their faith in them, to lose that faith. I have looked up to such men: pastors, athletes, politicians, and been pained to watch them fall.
You tell me “Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save.” My faith has always been based on You, and Your truth. It is You who save; You, who made the earth and the heavens, the sea and everything in it. You are the one who works through men to accomplish Your will.
Father, it is You, the Lord Jesus Christ, who defends, upholds, feeds, frees, heals, encourages, loves, cares for, and sustains me. You frustrate the way of the wicked in my defense. You are the only One who has the power to reign and rule in my heart. You are the Author of my faith. Your plan will never fail. It will never end, because You do not end.
Father show me if I begin to follow another person, rather than You. I desire to stay on Your path. Do not let my foot slip. Do not let me stray one step away from You. I praise You, O Lord. You reign forever! Amen