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Trust in the wrong things

“Those who trusted in Cush and boasted in Egypt will be dismayed and put to shame.”  Isaiah 20:5.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Isaiah 19-21 and Hebrews 11.

The Old Testament is full of these examples.

Putting trust in the wrong things is certainly not a recent occurrence.  Down through history it is a pattern of even the best of people.  And we today are no different.

Think about your mood swings.  Days of great happiness are interrupted by a sad day.  And it could go the other way as well.  What is going on?  Our trust is in something that changes.  The possible trust objects are endless.

Often for me it is the way others are treating me.  When everyone’s pleasant then I respond accordingly.  When things aren’t going well, down in the dumps I go. But when I trust God, I’m attaching myself to One Who never changes.  If I’m attached to Him then I will live accordingly.  If I claim to be attached to Him and run hot and cold, then my “attachment” is the problem.

I’m dealing with this now!  This morning took a quick downhill and I’m trying to reattach myself to Him in the way that I’m supposed to be attached to Him.

What often wakes me up is remembering that God hears every word I speak.  That my words are to be “gifts” to others.  An even bigger thought is that God hears me and sees me.  When my brain is on that note, I immediately know that I MUST get my connection to Him straight.

“Lord, I love You.  Forgive me for separating from You.  We are inseparable, but I often act as if You’ve departed.  You haven’t.  I have. Forgive me, I beg.  Take me over.”

If our relationship to God is up-and-down then our attachment is the problem.  It needs to be an all-in relationship for it to work the way it should in every condition.

 

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Is a Christian safer in North Korea or the United States?

“Those who trusted in Cush and boasted in Egypt will be dismayed and put to shame.”  Isaiah 20:5.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Isaiah 19-21, and Hebrews 11.

Same old.  Same old.

If my trust is misplaced then I will, at some point, suffer the consequences.

How flimsy is our hold on what goes on!

When my granddaughter went to Korea for a week recently, I realized how fragile life is.  Knowing that nearby North Korea had a leader claiming to have long-range equipment and a hatred for the United States, was cause for serious concern.  My fear reflected my trust in protection for her that was tenuous because of where she was.

When she returned to the US safely my concerns for her safety lessened, but is she really safer here?  If I think so, then I am continuing to trust in something other than God.

With God in charge, I should know two things: (1) danger exists wherever she is, and (2) God is everywhere.  My trust level in Him needs to stabilize.

Trusting counterfeit gods is not a new thing.  Today’s verse referred to folks trusting countries to take care of them.  It didn’t work then and it doesn’t work now.

My current existence can be shattered in an instant.  I cannot become “comfortable” because of the counterfeit gods I give trust to.  I must be comfortable in knowing that I am God’s child and that though conditions can fluctuate He will not.  His love protects me and enables me to weather the storms of this life.

“Lord, I place my total trust in You.  I give You me.  I surrender my will so that it is in synch with You.  Lead me.  Guide me, O thou great Jehovah.  I love You, Father.”

My sense of God being my refuge must be the same whether I’m in North Korea or the United States.

 

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