Monday, October 7, 2013

When We Trust in Everything But God

Feeling secure is essential to my well-being. Knowing I am financially stable, that my health and the health of my family is good, and that we are physically safe all help me breathe easier. You may identify with me.

But do I trust in those things instead of the Lord?

As I've been reading the Old Testament prophets, I've been struck by how Israel repeatedly ignored the warnings of coming destruction and exile. 

Why? I wondered.  

What could they be finding security in that kept them from heeding the prophets' words of warning?

Over and over again, Israel trusted in its name and status as God's chosen people. They had erected gods made of gold and wood, and they no more obeyed God or sought Him than the pagans surrounding them. Yet, they believed that God would not abandon them, that surely He wouldn't desert His own people, the people of the promise. They clung to the promises of Abraham even in their idolatry and rebellion.

But Israel's trust was in the wrong thing.

And I began to wonder . . . 
How often do I trust in the wrong things, too? 
  • My health
  • The 401(K) or savings
  • My husband
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Bible studies
  • My church leaders
  • My status & reputation
  • Cars, houses, clothes, & things
  • The government

There's nothing wrong with having any of these people or things in our lives. Yet, when we lean on them for our security, when we focus all our energy and attention squarely on them instead of on God and His Word, then we push aside what really matters. 

Then, we're as guilty as Israel.

We can trust in God. We can even trust in the name He has given His followers: Christian.  

BUT we cannot depend on our status as Christians and stop acting like one. When we do, like Israel, we will fall. 

Psalm 20:7-8

Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
    but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
They are brought to their knees and fall,
    but we rise up and stand firm.

Who or what are you trusting in today? 

I pray that your trust lies solely in the Lord and His promises. If not, commit today to follow Him alone. Oust out those idols of security. Put your confidence wholly in Him, and you will stand firm!

I'm praying for you, sweet friends!

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  1. That's a delightful post. We were talking on Sunday about the way we trust money to save us and that that at it's heart is idolatry.

    1. That is so true, and yet when we're without money, don't we immediately panic? Everything we have comes from the Lord. Thank you, Helene.

  2. Thank you; I needed this!