Scripture Reading: Ezra 10:1-44 / Revelation 14:14-15:8 / Psalm 146:1-10
One of the greatest marketing and publicity strategies is to convince consumers to trust and believe in your product. It is very easy to place our trust in things that we can see and in the things that have been proven to be reliable. We even find it easier to trust the things that we can see rather the things that we cannot see! Like someone once said, “If we trust in men, we will get what man can do but if we trust in God, we will get what God can do.”
The Psalmist states it clearly, “Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing. Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God.” (Psalm 146:3,4)
We find ourselves putting confidence and trust in man who is mortal and uncertain. Princes were men of power and influence. To have the Prince’s favor was to live in security and prosperity but there was no guarantee a prince would retain his power and position. They were mortal and susceptible to betrayal, defeat and death.
Like Israel, our reliance and trust in the world will only end in disappointment and hopelessness. Man is frail and unreliable but God is trustworthy and faithful. If we are not careful, we will place our trust in things, people and resources of this world while dismissing the intervening power, presence and purpose of God in our lives.
When the nation of Israel left Egypt, they came to the Red Sea while the Egyptian army pressed against them from behind. They were trapped with nowhere to go and faced certain destruction. God intervened by placing an intense whirlwind between them and the Egyptians. Moses lifted his rod over the Red Sea and God parted the waters, allowing the Israelites to walk across on dry ground. God proved He was trustworthy as He time after time provided miracles on their behalf.
I read of a story about a man who desired to regularly give a tithe to The Lord but was fearful his bills would not get paid. He shared his dilemma and fear with his pastor. The pastor encouraged him to follow his heart, be obedient to God’s Word and give cheerfully. He even said, “If you tithe for one month and find you do not have enough money to pay your bills, I promise to personally make up your deficit.
After considering the pastor’s challenge and promise he said, “If you promise to make up any shortfall, I guess I could try tithing for a month.” The pastor then put things in perspective for the man saying, “You are willing to trust a man like myself who has little resources but you can’t trust your Heavenly father who owns the whole universe!” God is always trustworthy and as Corrie ten Boom said… “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!