One Solitary Man
Jehoiachin was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months and ten days. 2 Chronicles 36:9
James Baker’s influence in Washington was legendary. He could walk in and out of the Oval Office at will. One day while serving as Presidential Chief of Staff, Baker was traveling home in his limousine. He noticed a man walking alone. No reporters were around him. No security. Just a man on an empty street. Baker recognized him as the Chief of Staff of a prior administration.
“There he was, alone,” Baker said. “No reporters, no security, no adoring public, no trappings of power—just one solitary man alone with his thoughts.” That image became a constant reminder to Baker of the fleeting nature of power. “That man had it all,” said Baker, “but only for a time.”1
History is littered with the names of people who rose and fell, who lived and died. But we serve a God whose power will never diminish and whose rule and reign will never end. Our God doesn’t rule for three months and ten days. His kingdom is forever.
Having a position of power does not bring inner security and fulfillment. That comes only by developing a personal relationship with God, which for me is personified in Jesus Christ. James A. Baker
- From James Baker’s Address at the 1990 National Prayer Breakfast.
2 Chronicles 36 (with text – press on more info.)