Friday, October 16, 2009

what can we trust in?

Today we are hardpressed to find who we can trust. Some find it hard to trust our government, some find it hard to trust their doctor, your co-workers, your family, your friends, the list can go on, so you fill in the blank today. I find it hard to trust______! I do know who we can trust, who we place all we have in, and that is Jesus Christ. In Pslam 13:3-4 it says "But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for He has been good to me." See none of us are perfect, and though we try with all we have we still fail, we fail ourselves, and we fail those who love us. We don't mean to fail, we don't want to stumble, but we do. So many have been hurt in sharing with a friend, and then come to find out that person has hurt us by sharing with another our pain or our temptation, but we can all be on both sides of that fate. It is often we don't realize the pain we have caused until that pain has touched us, it is then that we see just what we have done also. That is why we shouldn't put others down, we shouldn't judge others circumstances, for we never know just when we too will be in that position feeling the same hurts as the other. For all the things that have seemed to go wrong in my life, the blessings still out way the struggles. I am learning not concentrate on the struggles, but on the possibilites, on all that God is doing now in my life. As my husband drove a truck all across this nation there were many times he had a co-driver. He wouldn't just let anyone step in the truck with him, he checked them out, and asked about their driving first. It is safety that my husband thinks upon, as he has witnessed many horrible accidents, deaths, and tragedies on the roads, when he is coming off a mountain, even going up, he cannot sleep in the back unless he knows he can trust that driver in the seat up front. Trust is something you earn, you work for, and trust can be broken. We place our trust in people, when we really shouldn't, for they will fail us, but Jesus will never fail us, for He is with us always. When we fail one another many times we lose the friendships of others when we don't even know what happened ourselves. We need to forgive each other for our failures, just as Jesus forgives us daily. If we are not able to forgive, then what Jesus did on the cross was all in vain. On our coins it says, "In God we trust", but those words keep getting smaller and smaller on our coins, until it will one day be gone, but in our hearts those words can be huge, only growing larger with each step we take with Christ. We even place our hand upon a bible when we are being sworn in, but we are not able to speak the word of God in many places, for many people take offense to God, but to me, I think they are fearful of what they do not know, and to place your trust in someone you cannot see, when you have been so hurt by those who you could see, is understanding to a point. Faith is believing in what is unseen. As christians we know who is there, and that is Jesus Christ. Are you afraid to trust today? Are you afraid to give up your control over your life? When we decide to make God the Lord of our lives, we must learn to trust, to believe, and to let go, opening our hands, giving all we have and saying,"Here Father, I trust You with all I have." If you have been hurt, trust comes by hard, not wanting to be hurt again, but Jesus is not out to hurt us but to love us, to give life abundantly to us, for those who believe. Jeremiah 29:11 " For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." If you have been hurt, let it go, for the longer you hang on to the hurt the deeper it goes, and you become the anger and bitterness of that hurt, while the other person most likely doesn't even know they hurt you. It is a great character to have to be able for others to trust you, to believe in you. To know you are an honest person is a quality hard to find today, but we must not look farther than Jesus, He is the one that we should place all our faith and trust in, and for us, may we follow His example, knowing yes, we will stumble, but He will be there to show us the way. When we get on an airplane, we place our trust in the pilot. When we get in our car to travel, we place our trust in the car to get us there safely, but we are going the wrong route by placing our trust in people, we must first place our trust in the Lord, and trust the Holy Spirit in us to lead us, its not the driver, the pilot, or any other person, for we all are a people who stumble and when we do, may we have understanding, may we not jump to judge and say, "I never", for one day we just might be that person who needs grace just as we do daily, and as Christ gives us grace, we too should be willing to give grace. Proverbs 3:5-8 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes, fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health and nourishment to your bones."
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