21st July 2011

In Whom Do You Trust?

“They cried to you and were saved; in you they trusted and were not disappointed.”
Psalm 22:5 (NIV) 

Life can be full of disappointments—unfulfilled hopes and dreams. But as the scripture above shows, those who put their trust in God will not be disappointed. People usually place their trust in what they can identify with the five physical senses: touch, taste, sight, hearing, and smell. So we trust in money, science, education, medicine, etc. All of these things are unreliable and can fail or disappoint us. 

We also put our trust in other people—parents, teachers, pastors, doctors, scientists, engineers, airline pilots, train drivers, taxi drivers, bus drivers, captains of ships, etc. We need to have a certain amount of trust in such people or life will not function as we know it. But there is always the risk of human error or weakness. God desires that we put our trust completely in Jesus Christ. “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.” (John 14:1). 

We rely on airline pilots and air traffic controllers to do their job and bring us safely to our destination. But we should not embark on the journey without asking for God’s  protection on us, our fellow passengers and flight crew. Every time we get into a vehicle to travel from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’ we are at risk either from serious injury or even death. Physical life is transitory, nothing is guaranteed except death and taxes! “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on  what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18). And “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” (Colossians 3:1-2). 

It is very reassuring to know and believe that those who trust in God will not be disappointed. “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9). Indeed, for those who trust him. 

Thank you, Father, that we can place our trust in Jesus, in whom there is no weakness, whose strength is perfect. And for giving us your Spirit who enables us to receive the gift of faith or trust in him.

Study by Sherwin Scott 

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