Replacing God with the State

It has been said that “a government big enough to give you everything you need, is a government big enough to take away everything you have.” (Gerald Ford).  What I find particularly interesting about this catchy little reminder is that one could simply take out the word “government” and replace it with “God.”  And it would be Biblically accurate.  But not only is it accurate, it is good news.  This is the nature of the God we praise.  “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:21).  Let us not replace the role of God in our lives with the State.

The answer to our deepest longings and our deepest needs is not the state, it is the Lord.  No presidential candidate can be the savior.  Our hope is in the sweet sweet sovereignty of a big God who gives, who takes, and who reigns supremely in the heavens.