Let him bury his face in the dust—there may yet be hope. (Lam. 3:29)

WHEN THINGS GET BAD ENOUGH, we often despair of any help or hope. In the United States, we are approaching the election of a new president. For over a year, we have listened to candidates point out the overwhelming problems we face in our world, and they have been quick to present themselves as the great hope for the future. They have told us they have the answers for resolving the problems, and they can guarantee a bright tomorrow. However, skepticism reigns among voters because we have heard these promises before without remedy. Rather than empty promises, it would be good to see a national leader humbly admit to not having the answers and seek the face of God. I could vote for that person.

Our hope does not rest in politicians, economists, or humanitarian causes. The world’s problems are not caused by ineffective systems or under-performing stock markets. The cause is not material but spiritual. The problem that infects humankind is unforgiven sin. God told the people of Israel that He would forgive their sins and heal their land if they would humble themselves and seek His face. There is still hope for our land, and that hope is found in God. Don’t lose hope. Cast your vote for Jesus.

Pray for the leaders and people of your country today.

Ken Heer was the author of Ancient Fire (WPH), pastor, and community director. He passed away prior to this publication.

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