Several years ago I was listening to a high school age young man practicing his sermon for a youth event with his church. His theme scripture was Proverbs 3:5-6 which says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.”
The young man’s example of trust was his alarm clock. He trusted it to wake him up in time for school. Every night he went to sleep without worrying about whether or not he would be able to catch the bus on time because he trusted his alarm clock would keep doing its job.
God is far more faithful and trustworthy than an alarm clock, but we don’t always trust God.
“Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.” Deuteronomy 7:9
We KNOW that God is faithful. He has given us a covenant (a contract, an agreement) of his love. Unlike humans, God will never break a covenant or contract. In fact, saying He keeps this covenant of love to 1,000 generations is a symbolic way of saying He will keep it indefinitely.
“…if we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot disown Himself.” 1 Timothy 2:13
Even when we break our promises, even when we aren’t faithful God is still faithful. Unlike an alarm clock which may run out of power, God’s faithfulness never fails.
As I listened to that young man speak I kept having more examples of misplaced trust pop into my head. I thought about how we trust food processing companies to only sell things that are safe and healthy. I thought about how we trust pharmaceutical companies to only develop drugs that will help us and not harm us. I thought about how we trust government agencies to adequately test all new medicines, all new food additives, all new technologies before letting them be used in our homes. We trust man made flavorings and colors. We trust bioengineered food. We trust that government ideas and policies and mandates are really in our best interest.
We place our trust in all kinds of things that may or may not be deserving of trust.
It’s time for the alarm clock to sound! It’s time to place our trust in the One who created us, the One who knew us before we were even born.
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest on the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.‘” Psalm 91:1-2
It’s time for us to stand up and declare “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust!”
I am spending some of my social-distancing-isolation-quarantine time diving into God’s word. I am also praying more and learning more about Christian meditation. Even though I have been reading the Bible for probably 50 years (it’s weird to realize that!) I am still learning new things, discovering new things, and I’m eager to read and study more each day! I used to think I knew a lot about the Bible, but now I am realizing how much I still have to learn!
“Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.” Proverbs 3:7-8
It is no surprise that trusting God is good for your body as well as your soul. When we start trusting God we can stop worrying about everything and trying to manage everything ourselves and instead we can give our cares and worries to God!
What amazing freedom and relief from stress that is! To be free from worry!
“Cast all your anxiety on Him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
I pray you can find time with your family in the next few days to read these scriptures together and talk about them. One of the blessings of having to stay home is all of the opportunities parents and children have to talk about anything and everything!
Questions to ask yourself and your kids:
- What do we trust in every day?
- When have we made a promise? Did you keep the promise or did you break it?
- What things do we worry about?
- Bonus questions – can you name other covenants that are common today?
- Bonus questions – how long is a generation? how many years is 1,000 generations?
Enjoy spending time talking with your family. I also hope you are cooking together as a family too!