TITLE: Real Trust
DATE: July 19, 2019
TEXT:. Ps 143:8 – ESV - Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.
Christ is risen. He is risen indeed.
Most Christians do not hesitate to say they have faith in the Redeemer. Like the Psalmist they pray that He would direct the way they should go. The question is, if He does that, do they have the faith to follow the Lord’ directive.
It all has to do with the level of trust a person has.
Let me explain.
During the time Alexander the Great was on his conquest of Asia Minor, he felt dangerously ill. Fearing the anger of the army if Alexander should die, all of the doctors refused to treat him. Only the physician, Philip the Acarnanian, was willing to risk seeing what he could do to help.
While the medicine was being prepared, Alexander received a letter from an enemy of the doctor. The letter said the physician had been bribed by the Persian King to poison him.
Without showing the epistle to anyone, Alexander read it and slipped it under his pillow. When the doctor entered the tent with the medicine, Alexander took the cup, and, at the same time, handed the physician the scathing letter.
Many times in the past, Alexander had spoken words of confidence concerning the doctor. Now, he translated those words into action. While the doctor was still reading the accusation against him, Alexander calmly drank the Doctor's special medicine. His trust was not unfounded.
After three days, a healthy Alexander appeared before his army.
There is no doubt that most of us say we trust Jesus. So we should.
He Who was pure enough to keep the law; Who was faithful enough to keep His promises; Who was gracious enough to save us from our sins at the cost of His own life, has earned that trust.
During times of relative peace and contentment, our trust level remains secure. But, when troubles arise in our lives, so do doubts. We wonder: “Does God care about me? Is He interested in me? Has He forgotten me? Is He punishing me? Will He deliver me?” Satan is trying to drive a wedge of doubt between us and the Savior. He wants to undermine our words of trust so they are never translated into action.
It is especially during those times of terror and trouble that we must turn to the Savior and quote, “"Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done." Then, having really placed our trust in the Lord we can be at peace.
Jesus, our Divine Intermediary has heard us and conveyed our need to our loving, and all-caring Father for resolution in His time.
If we do that we will be able to understand what Jesus meant when He said, “Don’t be troubled. Trust God. Trust Me.”
THE PRAYER: : Dear Lord, teach us to REALLY trust You. This kind of faith I pray for in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
The music which introduces and concludes our devotions was written by Guy Baumann. He along with three of his brothers perform on the album: The Baumann Brothers which may be ordered here: http://thebaumannbrothers.com/index.html