There are times in our lives when we are faced with situations that test where our trust is at. It can be very easy to answer the question – ‘where is your trust?’ by stating that your trust is in the name of the Lord.
But is this answer always consistent with our actions? Does the way and manner in which we respond to situations really show that our trust is in the Lord?
Who or what do we turn to first when confronted with a difficult situation? Is God usually your last resolve when everything else has failed or do you try to help God by running to people to help you?
Many times we are always looking for a person to help us out of a situation. We often believe that if we knew a particular person that is powerful, rich or has what we need, the person will help us out of that situation.
This can be misleading especially when we expect so much from people often beyond what they can do.
There are certain situations where God will use a person to meet your needs, but we should not think it is the person that decided by themselves to help you; God must be the one nudging them to do so.
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Except God works in the heart of a man, our natural tendencies are always selfish.
The unfortunate thing is that many of the people we are hoping that they will help us are looking for help by themselves too.
They tend to wonder why you are bothering them when they themselves have issues that they are grappling with. Many of them are inadequate, but we tend to have a false image about them and their abilities.
Most times what we know or think about these people are mere exaggerations about who they really are. So we end up setting ourselves up for great disappointments when they do not respond with the kind of answers we are expecting from them.
We live in times where people have relegated their trust in God and belief in God to the last action step on their list when everything else fails.
It is okay to turn to God, but it grieves His heart when we do not trust Him and give Him priority attention in our lives. The devil has sold a lie to this generation and countless people have fallen for it.
We easily believe the lie that money, wealth, fame, personal achievement and power is all we need to be okay. So people go all the way out, often at the expense of their relationship with God to find fulfillment in these things.
One thing we often don’t realize is that there will always be situations that defy all that we know and all that we have. The kind of situations that make us feel so incapacitated.
There will certainly be times when we will become so weak and vulnerable that none of the things we know or have can help us. That is when you truly know where your trust is at – God or things.
But it is interesting to know that every other thing else will pass away, it is only the word of God that can last forever. It is His word that has the capacity to deliver us out of any kind of situation.
The King of Israel had this kind of encounter when his city was besieged by Assyrians which led to famine, starvation, cannibalism etc. This left him feeling so powerless and incapacitated.
As a leader or King that derives fulfillment in the power that they have and what you can do in your domain, King of Israel must have felt so terrible and useless when a woman asked him for help and he could not do anything about it (II Kings 6:27).
His response was if God does not help you, I cannot help you. Our help and trust should ultimately be in the name of the Lord, not in any man.
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The consequences for putting our trust in any other thing or man instead of God can be terrible. God made a pronouncement against such persons in Jer 17:5. “Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind and makes flesh his strength, And whose heart turns away from the LORD”.
People who put their confidence in other things besides God often try to find fulfillment and self-sufficiency by acquiring wealth and riches. Others do this by striving to attain prominence, fame, political power, and even personal accomplishments.
It is also not uncommon to find people who turn to mystical and occultic practices to be self-sufficient and secured. Some of these desires and attainments (excluding occultic practices) are of themselves not harmful. It only becomes dangerous when we turn our trust away from God and focus on them.
The word of God is as solid as the rock, all other ground is sinking sand (Matt. 7:24 -27). Anything that is not built on the word of God or trust in God will eventually perish. It may look nice, it may seem like it is working and producing your desired results but it is just a matter of time.
There will be storms that will certainly arise sooner or later; and if your anchor is not in God or His word, everything will crumble. The painful part about this is that the things that you have paid so much for or have costed so much can just get destroyed in a twinkle of an eye.
This depicts the pronouncement made in Jer 17:7. “But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him”
There is a more sure way of flourishing in life and being prepared against the storms of life by putting our trust in the Lord God. This cannot be stated better as it is in the scripture Jer 17:7.
Have you ever had an experience with trusting in the ability of God? Share it with us