In God We Trust?

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.

Trustworthy?

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.

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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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“Not One Word”

Trustworthy then

Just how reliable is God? Can He be trusted?

What percentage of His promises does He keep? 50%?  75%?  99.99%?

Looking back more than 400 years, Joshua told Israel, “. . . you know in all your hearts . . . that not one word of all the good words which the LORD your God spoke concerning you has failed; all have been fulfilled for you, not one of them has failed!” (Joshua 23:14, emphasis added).

Fast forward several hundred more years. Solomon says, “. . . not one word has failed of all His good promises, which He promised through Moses His servant . . .” (1 Kings 8:56).

Still trustworthy?

Has God failed to keep any of His promises to date?

Considering His “track record,” should we have any doubt that He will keep His promises yet to be fulfilled?

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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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If only . . . .

“I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go. If only you had paid attention . . . ! Then your well-being would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea” (Isaiah 48:17-18, emphasis added).

But often Israel rebelled—and paid dearly for it.

Why did they disobey?

They did not trust Him. Do we? How we choose to live shows whether we do or don’t.

If we believe He loves us and knows what’s best, then doesn’t obedience make perfect sense?

If only . . . .

God doesn’t want us to miss out, as Israel did.

We’re dealing with the same God, and He still wants to bless!

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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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What Comes First?

A test of faith

God assured Israel He would provide if they allowed the land to lie fallow every seventh year. But they didn’t (Leviticus 25:20-21; 26:33-35).

That God takes care of His obedient children is as true today under the New Covenant as under the Mosaic Law.

After urging us not to worry, Jesus reassures us, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things [food and clothing] will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).

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Worry vs. faith

We can worry or we can trust. God would spare us needless anxiety.

But if we give top priority to stocking our pantry and closet, do we really trust Him?

A Christian CPA told me that even during tax season he’s always present when the church assembles.

That’s the kind of faith God can bless!

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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This Night

Awake?

I don’t mind insomnia if I can sleep right through it!

What keeps you awake? Worries about finances, family, health, work?

O to sleep as Jesus slept in the storm that so frightened His disciples (Matthew 8:23-27). To sleep as Peter slept in Herod’s prison (Acts 12:1-6).

Asleep!

When night comes, faithful Christians have every reason to relax. We know that “God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” and that nothing is “able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:28, 38-39).

Like a child snuggled up in Daddy’s arms, we can rest secure in the care of our loving Father.

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Pleasant dreams!

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

Adapted from an article by JDG in the daily devotional guide Power for Today

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When Ignorance is Good

Educators sometimes joke that they’re “stamping out ignorance.”

Is ignorance always bad?

Ignorance of the future humbles us in knowing we can carry out our plans only “if the Lord wills” (James 4:14).

If we knew when Jesus was coming, the temptation to procrastinate obedience would be intense. “Therefore be on the alert,” Jesus said, “for you do not know which day your Lord is coming” (v. 42).

When God commanded Abraham to sacrifice Isaac (Genesis 22), God stopped him at the last moment. For it to be a real test of his faith, Abraham had to be ignorant of the outcome.

Learning to trust

When we endure trials, we don’t know how it will turn out. Our obligation is to obey—trusting God for the outcome.

In such cases, ignorance may not be bliss, but it is best.  

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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