Our founding fathers did well to adopt "In God we trust" as our motto. That very action has blessed us numerous times over the years. Yet, now we see a trend occuring in recent and former generations, who exalt self as the sole reason for success. Sure, we have a part in how "successful" we are in life, but how can an individual be termed as a success when he's driven by greed, envy, and selfish ambition? Where does his trust lie?
In this "selfie" age we truly must recognize that exalting one's image and character is becoming the norm.
Then tragedy strikes.
A terrible accident happens, financial ruin is inevitable, war strikes, or innocent victims are gunned down.
It seems that we're hearing or reading about it everyday.
We receive more bad news or another trial bombards us.
Who then can we trust?
Can we truly trust self, our money, or the government?
Even when the New York Times boldly declared, "God's Not Fixing This!", did they give us an option of hope. Can they offer us a reliable source to truly trust?
Of course not!
When we open the Bible it is full of reasons to trust in God, completely and wholeheartedly!
"In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me. Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises unto thee. For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?" - Psalms 56:11-13
And also reminds us that it's best to trust Him than any other...
"It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes." - Psalms 118:8-9
I believe Job demonstrated a powerful lesson of trust when he was stripped of possessions, wealth, and family (except his wife). By man's standards he had every reason to abandon his trust and faith in God. By the way, scholars believe that Job is the first book of the Bible to be written. So that means Job had no Scriptures to turn to, no written assurances of God's faithfulness and promises, yet he still trusted. Listen to his proclamation of trust...
"Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him." - Job 13:15
Wow! He would remain faithful, he would face death, and through it all he CHOSE to TRUST God!
What circumstances or struggles are leading you to make the same decision? It's a choice.
It's a commitment of the heart to decide to Trust in Him at ALL times.