April 15, 2020 - Trust
When I woke up this morning, trust was on my mind. We are living in a world where trust is of utmost importance. A matter of fact, it has reached a point of such importance that it may determine whether some folk survive or not survive. I believe one of the dangers in life is putting our trust in man and not in God. We need leaders and a government right now that we can trust to tell us the truth and lead with honesty and integrity. Recently, I have had many conversations with persons about the lack of trust they have in our leaders, other individuals and sometimes the lack of trust they have within themselves. Some have said to me, "Pastor, help me understand what is going on." My first impression is to talk about covid-19, but further in the conversation I realize the question is regarding our leaders. My response is, "Trust in the Lord with all our heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths." You see, when we trust in things of this old world, we will be disappointed.
I believe one of the greatest joys in life is to have people (friends) around you that you can trust. On the flip side, one of the greatest tragedies in life is for someone to breach the trust you have in them. One of the favorite sayings of my mother in law is, "Trust God and your last dollar and you can't go wrong." I was recently watching a movie where two girls matriculated through life from childhood to adulthood. They knew all the secrets about one another. The pain and devastation one friend had to endure was because of betrayal by the other and the outcome was life altering.
I cherish this scripture because it speaks volumes to us because we are imperfect people. "It is better to trust the Lord than to put confidence in people. It is better to trust the Lord than to put confidence in princes." Psalm 118: 8-9
We are living in a time of such uncertainty that there are days that are filled with promise and others seem to be dismal. I have had to say to several people, don't worry about tomorrow because God has already planned and orchestrated it for us. As believers we know that we serve a sovereign God who can do all things and knows all things, therefore trust Him.
When we trust God, we can trust him without doubt and with the assurances that he will not let us down. So today my brothers and sisters may we put our total trust and future into the hands of an all wise and an all knowing God?
Let part of our prayer today be, "Lord let me place my hope and my trust in your infinite wisdom and your grace and mercy."
"Not trusting anyone keeps us safe from hurt and betrayal, but it also leaves you isolated and suspicious." Ellen Hendriksen
One of the most important lessons we can learn is to trust God for everything, not some, but everything.
As we live in this time of quarantines, coronavirus, stay home mandates, etc., reach out to someone today in love and offer some hope.
Not a sermon, just a thought and something to chew on for today!
Robert Earl Slade, Pastor