Monday, April 20, 2015

Misplaced Trust

We all inherit the same sinful nature at birth. It is very evident in the way we think and act. We have an “inbred” dependence on our subjective, self-focused, self-centered, or perhaps might we be more honest and say “sinful” selves. We tend to rely on our God-given gifts as something we have accomplished on our own apart from Him. It is as though we took a lump of clay from the ground and fashioned a person, endowed him with skills and abilities and said, “Now, let’s do something that we can be proud of!”

“He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe.” This statement reminds us of the wisdom contained in another proverb: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understandings.” Once again in his wisdom and our lack of it, Solomon took time to remind us of how we easily turn to ourselves rather than God. Trusting in ourselves is normal and natural but not without demonstrating to ourselves, others and God that we are fools.

Notice this: “A greedy man stirs up dissension, but he who trusts in the Lord will prosper.” This theme, flowing throughout proverbs, is so very important when we relate it to our sinful nature. To “trust in” is difficult because it signals to the world that what we do is not of ourselves but is a gift from God and to God be the glory!

Greed is who we are - though not a word that we want to be associated with. It is something most of us try to avoid. Yet, the only option is to give credit to God.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for seeing who we can be in spite of ourselves. Make us willing to let go and let God! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Proverbs 28:26 Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.

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