In 1953 a Chicago News columnist named Harris had a large and faithful readership. One of his most famous statements was one he called “A Prayer for the President.” It said, in part, “O Lord… give me the courage, not of convictions, but of Your commandments.” Harris seemed to be echoing the sentiment of an earlier patriot, William Penn, who said, “Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it.”
Clearly the commandments of God are right for every generation, regardless of public opinion. God’s law – His ideal plan for mankind – is never subject to the popular vote.
When we compare our lives to God’s ideal, we invariably come up short. In fact, the Word of God predicts this will be the case! The guilt we feel, however, is not intended to overwhelm us or push us into despair. Rather, we are to draw closer to God, to seek His forgiveness, and to ask for His help, what we might become more like His Son, Jesus Christ. As we seek and receive God’s help, we truly are transformed into people who no longer seek easy tasks or easy lives, but people who are willing to take on hard tasks, difficult challenges, and encounters with troublesome people. When we truly fear God… we will no longer fear others.
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. ~ 1 Peter 5:6