Thursday, May 26, 2022

To Trust Or Not To Trust

It is more difficult to trust than not to trust. So, many people go through life angry and alone.

A father once said to his young son, “James, climb to the second step of the ladder, turn around and look at me. Now, when I open my arms, I want you to jump, and I’ll catch you.”

Obediently, James did as his father asked him. However, when he jumped, his father stepped back and allowed him to fall to the ground. Hurting, crying, fearful and afraid, he looked at his father in amazement.

“James,” said his father, “I wanted to teach you a lesson. Do not trust anyone. Not even your father.”

What a tragic way for a father to teach his son about trust. Though many men and women are not trustworthy, there certainly are those who can be trusted. Many who are Christians strive to be people of integrity and honesty, openness, and trust.

But there is a difference between trusting someone and putting our trust in someone. While it is important to be able to trust others, we must be careful about what we trust them for.

So, God had a Psalmist give us a warning about putting our trust in people. “Do not put your trust in mortal men who cannot save.” Our trust must be in God.

Many offer to “save” and protect us from the realities of life. Treaties are written, and policies are produced to assure us that “they” will “save” us from every enemy! But in the end, only God can do that. Only He can save us.

Prayer:  Lord, Your Word assures us that we can trust in You for everything we need - salvation and eternal life. You are worthy of our trust. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture For Today: Do not put your trust in mortal men who cannot save. Psalm 146:3 

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