Strangely Dim

Confession time: I’m a political junkie. With eyes glued to the latest polling data, I’ve been eagerly monitoring the 2016 presidential race. Who will be the next leader of our country? Clinton? Or Trump? Or Cruz? Sanders?

Politics, however, is inherently aggravating. The all-caps screaming news headlines demand my attention. The political fear-mongering and hysterical doomsday talk rile me up emotionally. The candidates’ rhetorically-charged fundraising pleas clutter my inbox. Day by day, hour by hour, Election Day draws nearer. My blood pressure, like the steam within a kettle, increases. My peace, meanwhile, decreases.

And I am exhausted.

Exhausted by the divisive nature of politics.  Exhausted by the never-ending stream of mudslinging and finger-pointing and insult-hurling. Politics exhausts me.

And then, in those moments of agitation and inward turmoil, these words come to mind:

O soul, are you weary and troubled?

No light in the darkness you see?

There’s light for a look at the Savior,

And life more abundant and free.

Why would I glue my eyes onto fickle poll numbers when I could gaze at the Savior?

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,

Look full in His wonderful face,

And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,

In the light of His glory and grace.

Perhaps you, like me, are a political junkie. Or maybe you find yourself exhausted by some other pursuit. Maybe it’s your health. Or social media. Or education. Or sports. Or something else.

Guys, here’s the bottom line: politics and all these other things will fail us. This world consistently disappoints. Jesus won’t. He is Faithful and True. He never leaves or forsakes us. He is the source of life—abundant life.

Lord, help us turn our eyes to You today.

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