Suppose you want to become president. The first thing that will look good on your resume is an appointment to West Point. Unfortunately, you’re rejected because you can’t pass the eye exam, legally blind in one eye. You can’t afford a prestigious university like Harvard, so you enroll in a modest local business school named Spalding’s Commercial College. You quit after one semester (and the school must not have been that good anyway; it went out of business). You end up in the Army, but narrowly avoid a court-martial for failing to follow orders. You then start a business, and it promptly goes bankrupt.
Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham.
At this point, it doesn’t look like you have any chance of being elected dog catcher, let alone president. Yet what you’ve just read is the biography of young Harry Truman, America’s thirty-third Chief Executive.
Maybe your resume has some rough spots. So what? “Forgetting what lies behind …” wrote Paul to the Philippians, and he reminded the Galatians in today’s verse that faith looks forward, not back. As you pray for your leaders today, thank God that as an American, and as a Christian, your future doesn’t have to be determined by your past.
Recommended Reading: Philippians 3:12-21