Thursday 3rd May 2018 - Daily Reading:
Psalm 146 - Trust in the Lord by Becky White

The Lord is the maker of heaven and earth. He is faithful forever. He upholds justice and provides for us. He sets prisoners free and makes the blind see. He lifts us up and watches over those who have nobody else. He reigns forever.

With a list of credentials like that, why would we ever even think of putting our trust in anyone else?

Some people are powerful, wise, wealthy, or talented. Some will be a force for good in our lives. Some will not. The Lord may lead us into important relationships as with David and Jonathan. He may lead us into a marriage covenant with a person we will promise to love and honour as long as we live.

But we will never find any other human being who can match up to God. The moment we place our ultimate trust in a person instead of the Lord, things start to fall apart. Paul admonished the church in Corinth about divisions among them caused by the believers putting their trust in men rather than God (2 Cor 11-13).

Paul goes on to explain that even the highest human wisdom looks like foolishness next to the wisdom of God. The strength of man is nothing compared to the strength of God. As the psalmist points out, even the princes of this world will eventually die, and return to the earth, and all their plans will be buried with them.

As we look around the world, and even within the church, we may see many people who seem wise and good, or talented and successful. Our eye may be attracted to such people, but we must not be like magpies, chasing what is shiny but ultimately worthless. Only God is worthy of our trust. Our hope is in him.

Meditation verse: Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope in the Lord their God.

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