Thursday, September 20, 2012

Misplaced Confidence

 5 I called on the LORD in distress;
         The LORD answered me and set me in a broad place.
 6 The LORD is on my side;
         I will not fear.
         What can man do to me?
 7 The LORD is for me among those who help me;
         Therefore I shall see my desire on those who hate me.
 8 It is better to trust in the LORD
         Than to put confidence in man.
 9 It is better to trust in the LORD
         Than to put confidence in princes.
          (Psalm 118:5-9, New King James Version)

Misplaced Confidence

Who do you trust? Is your trust secure, or is it misplaced confidence? The Psalmist called to the Lord when he was in distress, and God answered his prayers, causing him to declare, The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? 

Thinking over his circumstances he determined that it is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man, or in princes (the government). Do we trust the leaders of our countries to do what is best for us? In today's cynical society, no one really trusts in the government, do they? It is a given understanding that the government does what is best for the government, and not what is best for the people.

As we face another national election in the United States, we are being inundated with campaign promises. The leaders of both parties stand up and boast in their leadership skills, telling us they truly care about the people. No one really believes them, do they? Telling the people what they want to hear may go a long way to getting them elected, but we are so used to broken campaign promises that we hardly expect them to do even half of what they promise.

That, however, is not the case when it comes to God. God makes many glorious promises in His Word, the Bible, and every single promise He has made will come to pass, exactly as He has said. He, alone, can make promises regarding the future, for He controls the future.

Man can make promises, but man does not have the power to make those promises happen. Why, then, are we more apt to put our trust in our fellow man than in God? It really is a matter of faith, is it not? Through faith we read God's wondrous promises, and through faith we rest in those promises, confidently knowing that God will bring all things to pass just as He has said.

How do we get that kind of faith? Faith is a gift from God; it is not something we can manufacture within ourselves. When we find ourselves lacking faith, we must turn to the Lord Jesus Christ, asking Him to grant us faith.

In Mark 9 we are told the story of a man whose son was controlled by an evil spirit which would try to cast him into the fire or into the water to destroy him. Jesus looked at the man and said, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. How did the man answer Jesus? He said, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. God answered the prayer of this dear father, rebuking the spirit, causing it to come out of the boy.

We must be so careful as children of God that we are not guilty of misplaced confidence. Let us not be guilty of placing our trust in man, but let us place all of our hope and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.

God Bless You,
Linda





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