Think for a minute of that person in your life who always seems to get things done. This is the person others go to when something needs done, you know, that go-to person. It might be a parent, coach, teacher, co-worker, boss, neighbor, friend, or maybe others see that person as being you. We are a society filled with lots of talk, but often times, that talk is not backed up by action. So when we come in contact with that proverbial go-to person, we want to hang around that person. We want to be like that person. We want to be that person.
What makes a person a go-to person? There are likely many factors, but above all else isn’t it true that in order to really accomplish something you need both authority (the power to make decisions) and responsibility (obligation to complete an assignment on time and in an efficient manner). President Truman had a sign on his desk that really defines this idea of having both authority and responsibility. That sign said, “The buck stops here.” What President Truman meant was that he was willing to take the ultimate responsibility for the decisions and actions of his administration. In other words, to a go-to person, authority and responsibility go hand in hand. We should all strive to be that kind of person.
At times we all fail to be a go-to person, sometimes for reasons of our own doing and sometimes for reasons outside our control. We sometimes are promise makers but not promise keepers. We find ourselves having either authority or responsibility but not both. We fully intend to accomplish the things we say we can accomplish, but for whatever reason it never happens. Sadly, sometimes, promises and commitments are made but there is really truly never any intent to do what was said would be done.
On the flip side, we have a God who is both a promise maker and a promise keeper. God created everything, He preserves everything He created, and He cares for everything He created. A few verses in the Old Testament book of Jeremiah contrasts this idea that while mankind is fickle and often unreliable, God, on the other hand, is always faithful, always reliable, always loving.
“The Lord made the earth by his power, and he preserves it by his wisdom. With his own understanding he stretched out the heavens. When he speaks in the thunder, the heavens roar with rain. He causes the clouds to rise over the earth. He sends the lightning with the rain and releases the wind from his storehouses. The whole human race is foolish and has no knowledge! The craftsmen are disgraced by the idols they make, for their carefully shaped works are a fraud. These idols have no breath or power. Idols are worthless; they are ridiculous lies! On the day of reckoning they will all be destroyed. But the God of Israel is no idol! He is the Creator of everything that exists, including his people, his own special possession. The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is his name!” Jer 51:15-19 (NLT)
So today, if you want to be close to a go-to person, look to God and you will never be disappointed. Trust Jesus to meet every need you have. He will never let you down!