We who walk by faith remain steadfast in our belief that “there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” As such, we are freed from the constant anxiety of looking for a new messiah to usurp the One who has already come. We may be tempted to prefer a king who promises us prosperity and greatness rather than one who suffers alongside us in cancer or poverty. But that would make us akin to those who murdered the man from Nazareth when He failed to meet their own expectations of personal fulfillment. We need salvation, not success. In 2016, let us pray that God is gracious enough to give us what we need, and not merely what we want.



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