by: Tim Olson
In God We Trust.
The word of God urges us to trust God, no doubt that is true.
But do we really trust God above all else?
You may be saying yes in your conscience right now, but take a moment to really refelct on what the question is really asking.
Read Psalm 118:1-9 and ask yourself "Do I really trust God more than anything else?"
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures forever.”
Let the house of Aaron say, “His steadfast love endures forever.”
Let those who fear the Lord say, “His steadfast love endures forever.”
Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free.
The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?
The Lord is on my side as my helper; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.
I can say without hesitation that we are blessed to live in the United States of America. A country where we are free and have relatively few worries. We can pursue dreams, earn good livings for our families and pursue just about anything we want to in life, it just takes hard work, and if you are willing to put the work in then typically the world takes note and doors are opened.
This is in direct contrast to christians who lived in New Testament times, as we have seen in our study of the book of Acts the new testament christian life was often frowned upon to the point of facing imprisonment, excommunication or even death.
Today's American Christian is more worried about people "liking" their social media posts than being persecuted. Real persecution in America is probably harder to find than a truthful politician. One might even say American churches deep inside may think they dont even need God, believe me typing that wasnt easy.
Modern day christians depend more on themselves than ever before, we depend more on or facebook pages to feed us our identity than the Word Of God. Today we have more prosperity preachers being followed than Gospel preaching pastors. It really isnt surprising since wealth and prosperity is at the heart of our nation anyway. We live less like we need God than our first generation Christian Brothers and Sisters, since we have so many other things we can depend on.
If you are searching more for the next update of the presidential election than you are reading your Bible I dare say you trust your government more than you trust God.
Yet in the middle of a world competing for your undying loyalty God still speaks to us today. So the question begs to be asked; Why trust God?
Some thoughts come to mind:
He gives us peace, we are all looking for assurance that life is dependable. There is nothing more dependable than God.
Trusting God makes my path straight (Ill be preaching about this on Sunday). His precepts are true and eternal and his faithful love will last forever.
God is allpowerfull. He created everything, putting that into perspective it has been said that if you were to count every star that has been recorded it would take you 3000 years to count them all. Gos simply spoke this into existence. When you are done picking up your jaw, let me tell you that even though he spoke all that into existence, he still sent his only Son to die for YOU. When you consider all the power and glory due to God, all the angels singing HOLY HOLY HOLY in his presence, he still sent his Son to die for YOU.
Today if you havent done so, if you are just barely hanging on to yourself, if you are struggling deeply, let me say to you; TRUST GOD. He died for you.