Last week I read about the fears that some political liberals were having because of Obama's recent attempt to nationalize health care. Their fears revolved around the possibility that Obama will ultimately fail, and that people would draw comparisons to Bill Clinton's failed attempt at health care reform in the early 1990's. Clinton's health care reform attempt led to sweeping success at the polls for Republicans during mid-term elections in 1994. To calm his liberal friends fears, Obama responded to their concerns by saying "2010 is different from 1994 because you have me."
When I read that quote I was startled at what seemed like personal arrogance from our President. I was reminded of a similar attitude displayed by a man named Nebuchadnezzar in the book of Daniel. The Scripture declare that as Nebuchadnezzar admired all that "my hands" had gotten, all that "my power" had gleaned, and all that "my reign" had produced, God took it all from him. Nebuchadnezzar was humbled through being stricken with temporary insanity. He eventually was restored to health, but only after he was broken of his sense of personal power and invincibility.
It seems to be a universal principle that God will ultimately bring down anyone who attributes success to his (or her) own abilities and powers rather than God's. All of us should realize that none of us is indispensable, and none of us can take ultimate credit for anything good that comes about. God is the difference maker. Personal pride and arrogance in our abilities is the beginning of a gigantic fall because God ultimately honors only those who acknowledge and trust Him.
I am praying for our President. Specifically, I am praying that he will look to God for His ultimate source of strength and not himself.
In His Grace,