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WE CAN TRUST GOD

By Barry Cameron
April 03, 2020

What do you do when it seems the whole world is coming apart at the seams?

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.”

The Bible says, “Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust …” (Psalm 40:4). So why waste our time trusting in the wrong things?

Over and over again, the Bible warns about trusting in the wrong things.

We can’t trust our own HEART (Jeremiah 17:9).

      “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?”

We can’t trust our own UNDERSTANDING (Proverbs 3:5).

      “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding ...”

We can’t trust in our own FLESH (Psalm 73:26).

      “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

We can’t trust in OTHER MEN (Isaiah 2:22).

      “Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he?”

We can’t trust in RICHES (Proverbs 11:28).

      “Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.”

Jeremiah 17:5 gives the predictable and painful progression: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord.” That’s the way it always happens. When someone trusts in man and depends on flesh for strength — their heart will turn away from the Lord.

You see it when people experience a little success or get a promotion at work; their business takes off, they start making more money than they’ve ever made and, if they’re not careful, their heart “turns away from the Lord.”

WHY? Because our trust turns to our “things” instead of the GIVER of all things.

Samuel Rodriguez in his excellent book, Shake Free says, “Faith does not require you to understand God. Faith requires you to trust him. His Word makes this clear: ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding’ (Proverbs 3:5). Our blessing takes place when we shift from listening to God’s Word to obeying it.

Understanding God is not a prerequisite for trusting him. You don’t have to understand the engineering principles at work in order to fly in a plane; you simply have to trust the construction, mechanics, and pilot jetting you across the sky. You don’t need to comprehend astrophysics to delight in the awe-inspiring beauty of a black night sky salted with stars.

I know it’s not easy to trust. So many people have let you down. So many events have caught you off guard. So many betrayals have blindsided you. Somewhere inside, you built a lifeboat and vowed never to allow others to rock it. But that defensive posture – perhaps even one that was necessary to survive in the past – no longer serves you. It’s time to let go of all the lifeboats and plan Bs you’ve accumulated to safeguard your heart. In the words of that classic song from the Disney movie, ‘Let it go!’ Let go of that relationship that’s holding you back. Let go of that memory. Let go of that experience. Let go of that trauma. Let go of that idol, whether money or something else. Let go of anything you’re relying on instead of God. Let it all drift away!”1

In the past few weeks most, if not all, of the things people had previously trusted in have been shaken to the core. So who can we trust now? Where can we turn for something, someone, anyone we can rely on?

The same place and Person we should’ve been trusting all along: GOD.

St. Augustine said, “Entrust the past to God’s mercy, the present to His love, and the future to His providence.”

Israel’s greatest king, a man God referred to as “a man after my own heart,” King David said, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God” (Psalm 20:7).

It’s on our money. But you already knew that. Right? Every single coin and every piece of currency in America has the same four words inscribed or written on it. But “IN GOD WE TRUST” is more than just a great slogan — it’s a great way to live. In fact, it’s the only way to live!

In the past few weeks most, if not all, of the things people had previously trusted in have been shaken to the core. So who can we trust now? Where can we turn for something, someone, anyone we can rely on?

It’s not a matter of CAN God be trusted, but WILL WE trust Him? That will make all the difference in this world and the one to come.

We will get through this current crisis and be better and stronger because of it, but only if we TRUST GOD. The Bible says in Proverbs 3:5-6, “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.”

© 2020. Barry L. Cameron

1 Rodriguez, Samuel, and Brian Houston. Shake Free: How to Deal with the Storms, Shipwrecks, and Snakes in Your Life. Waterbrook, 2019. Pg. 99-100.

BARRY CAMERON

Senior Pastor

Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.

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