Politicians rant about how they will fix health-care, drug addiction, the cost of education, minimum wage, gun control, etc. All the while they talk as if changing, or fixing, these things will bring real hope to people. The truth is it wouldn’t matter if someone did bring about all the changes they promise because real hope only comes from Jesus Christ.

In Jesus’s day He miraculously fed thousands of people so they attempted to make Him King by force. After all, who wouldn’t want a leader who could multiply food and end all fear of hunger? Jesus responded to their attempts by pulling away. It wasn’t His intention to be King of an earthly kingdom. In fact, after the crowd caught up to Him the next day, He scolded them saying, “You only follow me because I fed you.” Then He said, “Don’t work for food that perishes but rather work for food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you…” He then proclaimed, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to me will not hunger, and he who believes in me will never thirst.”

The fall of man rears its ugly head in many ways. One of the ways is politicians and voters thinking they can solve mankind’s wickedness by legislation. God understands only a new heart can fix mankind’s real problem and God Himself is the only one who can fulfill that kind of promise.

Of all the promises made by politicians, I think I’ll stick with the one God Himself made. He promises, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances” (Ezekiel 36:26-27).

Put your trust in Jesus and He will give you a new heart and His Spirit which is the only real way to transformation that leads to a real and lasting hope. A heart filled with the God who is love is the only real lasting solution to all of man’s troubles and the only real hope we have.

“Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27)