PERSONAL TRUST IN GOD

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright. Psalm 20:7-8

People fear circumstances - the unpredictable, unknown, unexpected and unpreventable. They fear the big quake, an accident, war, sickness and disease. Most people trust their luck, but Christians should be different. We have a God who cares and controls circumstances. The Lord will see us through or call us home. Either way our trust or faith is rewarded. "They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright."

People don't trust strangers - we must not only fear criminals but also those who are supposed to be helping or serving us. We must constantly be careful not to get ripped off. Businesses advertise that they are there for you and have your best interest in mind, but we know better. It is our money they are after. Employers and employees can't be trusted. Politicians, lawyers, doctors and other so-called experts are not trustworthy. Teachers don't trust their students and students don't trust teachers. People don't know what to believe in the evening TV news or daily paper because all have an agenda. The weatherman seems to be the most trustworthy figure in the media.

Those closest to us also fail or betray us - husbands, wives, relatives and friends can't be trusted.

Over 50 years ago, I was working on a roof. Two of us were working on the roof when my colleague's hammer slipped out of his hand and started to slide towards the edge of the roof. He thought quickly and realized that someone could be down below and get hurt. He immediately yelled, "Look out below! I dropped my hammer!" And there really was someone down there. That worker was also a quick thinker and not wanting to get injured, he jumped aside --- and the hammer hit him! If the first worker had not yelled a warning, or if the second worker had not jumped aside, no one would have been hurt. Those workers were friends and trusted each other. They both did all they could to prevent an injury, but it happened anyway!

This creates a dilemma for many people because God created us for fellowship with each other: "It is not good that man should be alone." This situation should drive us to trust God even more, but few do. They think, "I must take care of myself. I won't believe all those ads and do my own research."

People don't trust themselves - they fear making wrong choices that could lead to negative or even disastrous consequences, yet they don't know where to go to get reliable advice. Choices always have consequences, but failing to make a choice also its consequences!

In desperation, people place their trust in things - horoscope, nature, man-made things (idols).  They trust cars, airplanes, machines, computers and even atomic reactors more than they trust people.

Man should place his personal trust in God
Soon after God created man, Eve followed Satan's advice and Adam followed Eve's advice. The problem was NOT that they trusted each other or the serpent. There was no way they could have recognized Satan's advice for what it was. He came in the form of a serpent, the most beautiful animal in the garden. God created everything including the serpent, and seven times, he saw "that his creation was good." Adam and Eve's sin was that they failed to trust God.

Unfortunately, you can't even trust many evangelists, pastors and priests today. That is why we must learn to trust God - personally, not just a church or religion. People are searching desperately for someone they can trust. They don't know God, and they don't trust the clergy. When they discover that we trust God and if they see that we follow him, they may begin to trust us and listen to our advice. Being trustworthy and reliable is great, but it is of utmost importance that we teach people to place their personal trust in God. This is a foundational identifying principle of true biblical Churches. All other religions don't want you to have personal trust in God! They just want you to trust them - and don't ask questions!

Ralph V. Harvey