Daily Devotional January 26, 2021
Will Rogers was born on November 4, 1879. He was the voice of humor and conscience that helped guide our country. Even today, after all these years, his observations are still right on the money.
Whether you are a Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Independent, Communist, or Socialist, you have to admit that our government seems to have gone off the rails.
What follows are ten quotes from Will Rogers on the government of his day. They were published in Indian Country Today. What you will see is nothing has changed.
1. The man with the best job in the country is the vice-president. All he has to do is get up every morning and say, “How is the president?”
2. Politics has become so expensive that it takes a lot of money even to be defeated.
3. I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
4. I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat.
5. Diplomacy is the art of saying “Nice doggie” until you can find a rock.
6. Alexander Hamilton started the U.S. Treasury with nothing, and that was the closest our country has ever been to being even.
7. About all I can say for the United States Senate is that it opens with a prayer and closes with an investigation.
8. A fool and his money are soon elected.
9. The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.
10. This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.
In looking at our government over these last few decades, Will Rogers comments make me want to laugh and cry at the same time.
But the good news in the midst of all this mess is those who follow Jesus do not put their ultimate trust and faith in human institutions. We trust in the One who always gets it right, always brings joy and peace, and always saves us from ourselves.
While there are some very good, well-meaning people in government, they will get some things right and some things wrong. We trust the One above.
This is what the psalmist meant by saying, “We put our hope in the Lord. He is our help and our shield. Our heart rejoices in God because we trust his holy name. Lord, let your faithful love surround us because we wait for you.” (Palm 33:20-22)
So as you read the morning news, don’t be depressed. God’s got it under control. That’s all that really matters.
Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, in the midst of the dysfunction of this world, remind me to trust you are still in charge. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Even though Will Rogers was born over 140 years ago, he would feel right at home in today’s world. This tells me we’ve got a long way to go.
I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.