What He promises
BIBLE THOUGHT: ‘Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Evidently God knew it needed emphasizing. Although the principle is worded in many different ways, perhaps it is often repeated throughout the Bible so we will get the point if we miss it the first time.
The principle is this: Rely on God without reservation. Do not rely on anything or anyone else—not on yourself, not on political leaders, not on military power, not on wealth. Rely on God, on God alone.
“Little faith in a strong plank will carry me over the stream; great faith in a rotten one will land me in it” (Burton).
If we rely on Him, we will find Him totally reliable. If we trust Him, He will prove trustworthy. If we depend on Him, He is absolutely dependable. If we have confidence in Him, He will not disappoint us. If we put our full weight down on Him, He will hold us up.
Psalm 33 contrasts false trusts with the Lord, who “is our help and our shield.” “Help” means enablement. “Shield” involves protection. The psalmist urges us to fear Him, hope in Him, wait for Him, rejoice in Him, trust in Him.
Adapted from an article by JDG in the daily devotional guide Power for Today
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/
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