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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Lack Of Trust In God Leads to Stress

In review of Psalm 20:7 it says, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”

Bottom Line:
Some trust in their weapons and might, but we trust in the Lord our God.

What this means to me:
While others might trust in their weapons and might, I will trust in the Lord my God.

Everyone will trust something, the key is what or who will I trust?

Our culture tends to reject or hold trust in contempt. There is a lot of skepticism of everyone and everything. There is a lack of trust in the government. Employees don’t really trust employers. Customers/consumers don’t really trust businesses. When you get down to the bottom of the decline of trust, it turns out that our culture’s “truth decay” is a big part of it.

What I’m learning is that truth and trust go together. We trust those who tell us the truth. We don’t trust people if we don’t think they’re telling us the truth. And if we don’t believe in an absolute truth, then we can’t trust anyone to tell us the truth.

This lack of trust will cause tremendous stress in life. I believe that God wired us with the capacity and desire to trust in something greater than ourselves because he wanted us to have a relationship with him.

If we don’t trust God, we will create something else to trust. It may be a diploma on the wall, money in the bank, a spouse, a career, or a hobby. This desire to trust in something larger than ourselves is nothing new either. The biblical writers were keenly aware of it in their cultures as well. The Bible says in Psalm 20:7, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God” (NIV).

The Bible has a word for whatever we place our trust in rather than God. The Bible calls it an “idol.” God’s Word says that, for our own good, we need to stay away from idols: “For your own good ... do not sin by making for yourselves an idol in any form” (Deuteronomy 4:15b-16a GNT).

Today I will consider those areas that cause me the most stress. What could they be revealing to me about my trust in God.

In summary, while others might trust in their weapons and might, I will learn to trust in the Lord my God.

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