July 22, 2022
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I can't remember the names of all of Snow White's dwarfs, but I don't feel bad about that. I mean, I do remember one - Grumpy. Actually I've heard the Grumpy shirt is one of Disney's big sellers. Yeah, I might know why. Grumpy is a kind of mood a whole lot of people are in these days.
I mean, you know, when you take just the state of politics in America, we've got one group who wants us to stop spending money, and some who want people to stop making money. And there are some people who don't like what the President's doing, and some who don't like what Congress is doing. "Hello, Grumpy!"
I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "Looking for a Leader We Can Trust."
See, if there was a "none of the above" choice on the ballot, he might just win. I mean, it doesn't matter whether you're in America or many other countries of the world, we're just hurting for a leader who won't let us down; who can actually do something about the baffling tangle of problems we have. And it's not just politicians who've let us down. Sometimes parents fail us...a church, a pastor fails us...a leader we've looked to disappoints us...betrays us.
I guess we shouldn't be surprised, because our leaders are a lot like us. And I know I sure haven't been everything people needed me to be. I'm sure I've disappointed folks along the way.
As much as human leaders may have let us down, it doesn't change the fact that our hearts are hungry for someone to look to; someone who can take us where we haven't been able to go ourselves. Who totally lives what he says...who not only promises hope but delivers it...who can fix the unfixable...who we can follow with the confidence that they care about us more than they care about themselves.
That's Jesus, only Jesus. As our word for today from the Word of God in Romans 10:11 says, "Anyone who believes in Him will never be disappointed." I sure haven't been. This man who had the power to walk out of His grave has had more than enough power to change what I couldn't; people I couldn't change, problems I couldn't fix, dark parts of me that I couldn't change. He's led me on roads that didn't always make sense on the first mile, but always ended up putting me in a better place.
And there's no doubt about Him caring more about me than about himself. He offered himself to be nailed on a cross and separated from God so my sins could be erased, so I could be with Him in heaven forever. And anybody who loves me enough to die for me will never do me wrong.
There really is a hole in our hearts that is starved for a loving leader for our life. A "shepherd" as Jesus said. He said, "My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me." And where does following Him end up? He said, "I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish" (John 10:27-28). That's a promise that only Jesus can make, and only Jesus can keep. And it may be that in a heart that's listening today that feels lost inside, needing someone to look to, looking for that person who can fix what you can't fix, make sense out of the scattered pieces of the puzzle, then you're ready for Jesus and He's ready for you.
Why don't you reach out to Him today and say, "Jesus, I'm Yours. You died for me; I can trust You. I'm Yours." You know, our website is a place where there's information that will help you be sure you belong to him; that you've begun your relationship with him. I urge you to go visit there. It's ANewStory.com.
A few years ago there was a plane that crashed in the Hudson River, remember? And I thought it was just going to be like massive carnage. Instead we saw "the miracle on the Hudson." This jetliner's engines had been totally disabled. It looked like there was going to be a tragic crash, but their captain, "Sully" Sullenberger, was a veteran fighter pilot, an airline pilot and crash investigator; probably one of the few pilots who could have brought them in safely. And he was the one at the controls.
I've been on some flights where I wish I could have picked the captain in the cockpit. I've never been able to pick the pilot for my flight, but I got to pick the pilot for my life, and it's Captain Jesus.
He's the one pilot who can bring you in safely...no matter what happens.