In Whom do you Trust?

 

by Joyce Sibthorpe

 

 

The Bible is constantly encouraging us to trust in God, His promises, His help – to bring Him into every detail of our lives and watch how He acts of our behalf. Psalm 146:3-9 in The Message says, “Don’t put your life in the hands of experts who know nothing of life, of salvation life. Mere humans don’t have what it takes; when they die, their projects die with them. Instead get help from the God of Jacob, put your hope in God and know real blessing!”

 

Two Old Testament Kings, Asa and his son Jehoshaphat are good examples to learn from; both sought God’s counsel and were very successful – until they stopped trusting in God and started instead to trust wealth, their armies and wrong alliances, which is when things went badly wrong. Read the full story in 2 Chronicles chapters 16-19.

 

God sent prophets to warn and correct them. King Asa ended his days angry and sick, Jehoshaphat heeded the rebuke and continued to experience God’s help and peace for his nation.

 

When things are tough we know we need to lean on God, conscious of our own limitations. However, when things become easier, we forget how much help we received from God and start to rely on our own strength, or seek human answers. We will always need heavenly resources, because we were not designed for independent living.

 

God spoke to Asa in 2 Chronicles 16:8-14 “….you asked for God’s help and He gave you the victory. God is always on the alert, constantly on the lookout for people who are totally committed to him. You were foolish to go for human help when you could have had God’s help.”

 

We can all look back to situations where we tried to go it alone – and failed! I want to live my life knowing God’s resources in every circumstance, trusting Him and His help and nothing else.

 

Reach out today, and tell Him how much you value His care, and pour out your heart in praise and petition.

 

If God is for us – who can be against us?

 

Imran Qureshi

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