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September 13, 2019

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Trust

Years ago,  the American Indian plains tribes were able to harvest a great many buffalo  for a goodly supply  of meat and hides,  with which they made clothing  and teepees.     How were they so successful?     They would frighten  a herd of buffalo into stampeding.     In their fear,  the buffalo lost sight  of reality  and could only think  of running away  as fast as possible.     They were driven over a cliff  and their fall either killed or maimed them,  so that they could be easily killed.

A similar scenario would be that  of the Israelites  in the days of Isaiah the prophet.     Because the Israelites became very sinful in every area of their lives,  God first gave them many warnings  through the prophets.     But, they refused to listen  to any of God’s word.

Then,  God brought on them the punishment  of enemies,  which instilled within them a great fear.     Yet, in their fear,  they still refused to face reality and repent and turn  to the LORD.     Instead of trusting God, they wanted to run to the Egyptians for help.     So,  Isaiah 30:1 records,

“Woe to the rebellious children,”  declares the LORD,  “Who execute a plan, but not Mine,  and make an alliance,  but not of My Spirit,  in order  to add sin  to sin.”

God called them out  for trusting  in false prophets  and in their ability  to connive all sorts of oppression.     God even pleadingly told them how they could be saved  from their enemies.     In Isaiah 30:15  God said,

“In repentance  and rest  you shall be saved,  in quietness  and trust  is your strength.     But you were not willing.”

The people of today are no different.     They have all sorts of plans  to escape what frightens them,  but they mockingly refuse  to turn to the LORD  for forgiveness and strength  to live  in trusting  our Creator Redeemer.     God was ready and most willing  to graciously have compassion on them,  but they still refused to trust  and believe the LORD.

God’s word is filled with encouragement  for His people to put their trust  in Him alone.     Here are just a few  to help us  whenever we might become fearful and uncertain  of what to do.

Offer the sacrifices  of righteousness,

And trust in the LORD.       Psalm 4:5

 

And those who know Your name will put their trust in You;

For You, O LORD,  have not forsaken those who seek You.       Psalm 9:10

 

How blessed is the man who has made the LORD his trust,

And has not turned to the proud, nor to those who lapse into falsehood.       Psalm 40:4

 

When I am afraid,

I will put my trust  in You.      

In God,  whose word I praise,

In God  I have put my trust;

I shall not be afraid.

What can mere man do to me?       Psalm 56:3-4

 

It is better  to take refuge  in the LORD

Than to trust in man.       Psalm 118:8

 

In the peace  of God’s love  and faithfulness,  we put our trust  in Him  and say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD, thank You  for having proven Your grace and mercy down through the ages  through Your word.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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