There is much to bemuse us in the American election taking place this week. To begin with, seeing two seventy-somethings argue about age is a bit strange. Let’s face it; they’re both old. I’m staggered by the amount of money spent on the campaign. And I’m also surprised by the level of interest we as Australians seem to have in the matter. Neither of them will ever be our President. So why do we care?
My guess is that we have a sense of the importance of the office of the President of the USA; their capacity to shape our broader world – for better or for worse. And, if we’re honest, we have a sense of fear. Where is our world heading? Do we trust the leaders of the most powerful nations to act wisely? Is there grounds for hope, in the shadows of an uncertain world? And where do we want our kids to find hope for the future?
Psalm 46 offers something. It says that even when it feels like mountains are crumbling, or wild waters are rising around us, or the earth itself being shaken by fearful events, God remains an “ever-present help in trouble. The same Psalm ends with the line “be still and know that I am God.” If you look around you and feel unsettled by the world at large – or by events much closer to home – know that there is a God. He is not moved by disaster, threatened by national leaders or thwarted by unexpected events. He is present, and He is a refuge – for those who will, in their anxious fears, come to him in trust. He is the antidote to fear, for those who will lay their worries down at His feet.