MISGUIDED FOCUS…


Psalm 62:9-10 – “Surely men of low degree are a vapor, Men of high degree are a lie; If they are weighed on the scales, They are altogether lighter than vapor. 10 Do not trust in oppression, Nor vainly hope in robbery; If riches increase, Do not set your heart on them.”  NKJV

In our present political climate in America, I hear a lot about which candidate will lead us forth into better days and this scripture has been coming to mind each time.  I am very involved in politics and sounding the alarm about the condition of our nation and the world, however, I am 100% convinced that if we focus on the political we will miss the mark.  No man or woman is going to provide that which we need other than by the guidance of the Spirit of God. 

I laughed the other day when I read this passage. I read it wrongly and the thought in my mind was that men were giving God the vapors. Sometimes I feel that may be accurate in many respects but is not what this scripture says.  Rather, the Psalmist was warning us that whether men of low or high socioeconomic status they were nothing more than a vapor and could not be relied on.  He was also warning us that shrewd business dealings or political wrangling would amount to less than nothing and produce no long-term benefit.  In the previous verses, the Psalmist called for everyone to TRUST God AT ALL TIMES and continually pour our hearts out to Him. 

In verses 11-12, the Psalmist identifies the true source of Power and Mercy.  Our hope is in God and if we trust the arm of flesh in any manner we will find ourselves trusting vanishing vapors.  If you recall when James was warning against boasting about our human plans he said in James 4:14, “…you do not know what will happen tomorrow.  For what is your life?  It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”  

Also, the parable Jesus gave regarding the rich man who had an abundance and vocalized his elaborate plans for expansion.  Jesus said in Luke 12:20, “…Fool!  This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?”  He followed that up by reminding us of the TRUE SOURCE of our supply – GOD!

Tragically, too often, we tend to trust our abilities, our financial plans, or our political allegiances and alliances.  If we depend on what we can do we will fail but if we turn our hearts to God and what He can do we will find the pathway to victory opening wide.  So, we must keep our focus rightly aligned and always remember that whether men of high or low status they are not our solution or hope.  God is our only true source.

God bless you and may He lead you forth into His victory in this hour.