Tuesday: Psalm 81-83; Numbers 18.21-32; Hebrews 8.1-13

From: Soyoung Kim

It is difficult these days to not sigh with sadness over how the Presidential race has degenerated into talk of crass locker room talk, into finger pointing, into who can get away with most lies. Sadly, we hardly hear about how the two potential leaders will equip and lead our country, such issues eclipsed by news often more associated with celebrities.

When I read the passage in Numbers, I am struck by the enormous responsibility that is placed on the Levites. Like bearing the iniquity of Israel! That is surely something that can't be taken lightly or cheapened in any way as that would lead to death. We know the Levites failed, just as our human leaders often fail us.

Yet, Hebrews reminds us that Jesus, the true high priest, is perfect, "holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens." (Hebrews 7.26)  So often, when I think about leadership, I remember all the ways mentors, parents and others I have looked up to have failed or disappointed me. And often in my dark moments, I attribute these failures to God. But Hebrews reminds me that Jesus is "the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted on better promises," when God will put His laws into our hearts and we will know him and he will remember our sins no more. This is something worth holding on to when this world fails us.

As a mother of 3 girls, I can honestly say I have failed many times daily. But I hope they will remember not the failures, but that I got up, dusted myself, and tried again.