Men cannot be as dependable as the trust we place in them. We should look elsewhere for a more dependable source to trust. Do we have such a source? Yes! And that Source is GOD Almighty, the possessor of heaven and earth; our Creator and our Father.
Living in sin and claiming to trust the Lord is lying to yourself. What evidence do we have that you can absolutely trust GOD and He will not fail you? The pages of the Bible are filled with testimonies of characters who trusted Him and were not disappointed or shamed.
The Blessedness Of TRUSTING The Lord!
Ever find yourself in a position where you have the need to trust someone for something? Who do you turn to at such times? A relation? A friend? A boss at work? Someone who was there for you at one time?
We do find ourselves relying on one of these people from time to time. But are they worth our trust? Can we rely on them absolutely? Even if we can, as we often do, are they always able to justify our trust?
Depending on who is answering these questions, the response will be different. If you have never been disappointed by the people you trusted in the past, your answer could be that the people you’ve trusted are reliable and dependable.
But if you have been disappointed occasionally, like many of us have been from time to time, you know that men cannot be as dependable as the trust we place in them. When you trust someone, you do not anticipate disappointment; you don’t even want to think about it.
But it is a fact of life that disappointments do come and very often too. This is because there is not a single individual who has the power to frustrate what causes some disappointments. For example, death. You could promise someone who is trusting you for something that you would do the thing for them, and fully intend to do it because you are in control of the means to do it.
Then you go to bed that night and never wake up the following morning. What becomes of your promise? Although that is an extreme case, what about when you experience a disappointment from a source you were relying on to fulfill the assurance you gave to the one trusting you for something?
What becomes clear, from these scenarios, is that there is a limit to the trust we can place in a fellow human-being. And this is where we should look elsewhere for a more dependable source to trust.
We need a source that is so dependable we can go to bed knowing that, come rain, come shine, whatever we are trusting this source for, we are sure of getting it. It never fails. It makes no excuses. It is always reliable.
Do we have such a reliable source? A source that you can trust with everything and not nurse any doubts of disappointment? The answer is “Yes!” And that Source is GOD Almighty, the possessor of heaven and earth; our Creator and our Father.
GOD Himself, in His Word, tells us unequivocally in Jeremiah 17:5-8 (NKJV) that it is only in Himself that we can put such a trust:
“Thus says the Lord: ‘Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord. For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when good comes, but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land, which is not inhabited.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.”
We cannot have a stronger comparison between trusting a man and trusting GOD than what our Father describes here. The difference is clear and they didn’t even come close. When you trust in the Lord and your hope is in Him, a lot of good things begin to happen to you.
You are like a tree planted by the waters. And you know what it is to have a tree planted by the waters. That means that tree will never experience dry season. It will always be fresh with all its needs met always in due season.
What our Father is assuring us is that we can be like that tree. Always self-sufficient in All-Sufficient GOD. Never lacking something good. Always having our need met, whatever they may be. This is to be desired in a world that is so uncertain.
But how do you go about trusting the Lord? How do you know that you’re absolutely trusting GOD?
Trusting the Lord is not as simple as saying, as many believers do, that I’m “trusting GOD.” They talk of trusting GOD, or believing GOD, while at the same time they are looking for alternatives. When you are looking for alternatives, you cannot say you’re trusting the Lord.
For example, if you’re challenged financially and you say you’re trusting GOD for a better financial position, getting involved in a shady deal to get some quick money totally separates you from GOD that you claim to be trusting.
Isaiah 59:1-3 says: “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue has muttered perversity.”
When you’re in sin, our Father will no longer have anything to do with you. You are on your own at that point until you repent of your sins, forsake them and ask for forgiveness. Living in sin and claiming to trust the Lord is lying to yourself.
A believer who is trusting GOD for something important from GOD must learn to live a sanctified life, totally devoid of sin. Sin frustrates us from receiving the best that our Father has for us. And that is why trusting the Lord is not as simple as it sounds.
What evidence do we have that you can absolutely trust GOD and He will not fail you, even if you live holily? The pages of the Bible are filled with testimonies of Bible characters who trusted Him and were not disappointed or shamed.
The story of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah readily comes to mind. Three enemy kingdoms, and some others, according to the Bible, came together to fight against Judah. Jehoshaphat knew he was outnumbered and he turned to GOD for help because he trusted in Him.
Let’s take this story from the Bible account: “Then some came and told Jehoshaphat, saying, “A great multitude is coming against you from beyond the sea, from Syria; and they are in Hazazon Tamar” (which is En Gedi). And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. So Judah gathered together to ask help from the Lord; and from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord”. 2 Chronicles 20:2-4 (NKJV).
The story continues from verses 5-24:
“Then Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord, before the new court, and said: “O Lord God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You?
“Are You not our God, who drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel, and gave it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever? And they dwell in it, and have built You a sanctuary in it for Your name, saying, ‘If disaster comes upon us—sword, judgment, pestilence, or famine—we will stand before this temple and in Your presence (for Your name is in this temple), and cry out to You in our affliction, and You will hear and save.’
“And now, here are the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir—whom You would not let Israel invade when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them and did not destroy them—here they are, rewarding us by coming to throw us out of Your possession which You have given us to inherit. O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.’
“Now all Judah, with their little ones, their wives, and their children, stood before the Lord. Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the assembly.
“And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.
“’Tomorrow go down against them. They will surely come up by the Ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the brook before the Wilderness of Jeruel. You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.’
“And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem bowed before the Lord, worshiping the Lord. Then the Levites of the children of the Kohathites and of the children of the Korahites stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with voices loud and high.
“So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.’
“And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: ‘Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever.’
“Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another.
“So when Judah came to a place overlooking the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude; and there were their dead bodies, fallen on the earth. No one had escaped.”
This great deliverance occurred because one man trusted in the LORD and rallied his people to put their trust in the same GOD. And Almighty GOD did not disappoint them. Such mighty act of GOD’s deliverance can be yours if you learn to put your trust in your Father. He will never disappoint you.
Isaiah 26:3-6 declares: “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for in YAH, the Lord, is everlasting strength. For He brings down those who dwell on high, the lofty city; He lays it low, He lays it low to the ground, He brings it down to the dust. The foot shall tread it down—the feet of the poor and the steps of the needy.”
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