Tag Archive | trusting in Jesus

Isaiah 2:22 ” Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he? “

This verse in a very straightforward manner shows the frailty of man.  For at any point in time, we are but one breath away from dying…so how can we be trusted?  Our lives are like fleeting shadows, (Psalm 144:4) or like a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. (James 4:14)  Bottom line is, we can’t put our trust in man…for our life here on earth is but a momentary passing.  No, our trust must be in the eternal God, Who created man from the dust of the ground and breathed the breath of life into him. (Genesis 2:7)

Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

Earlier in the Book of Hebrews, the author quotes Psalm 102 when he writes, “But You remain the same, and Your years will never end.”  There in Psalm 102 it goes on to say that everything as we know it will eventually wear out like clothing, be discarded and perish…except the Lord, for He will continue unchanged to all eternity.  I don’t know about you, but the last few months have seemed like a roller-coaster ride of ups and downs, so the quiet comfort and security of placing my trust in a everlasting Savior quiets my soul and gives me peace and hope.

I Corinthians 14:33 ” For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.”

So, I’ll ask you this question today…When was the last time you were calm and totally at peace, without a care in the world?  For the vast majority of us, it’s been quite a while.  This Corona virus has managed to disrupt our routines, throw our home life into confusion, and leave us feeling like we have no control.  That’s because when disorder with all its turmoil and instability takes up residency either within us or our home…all peace fades away.   But there is a answer for this and His Name is Jesus…for the Gospel of Jesus Christ is called the Gospel of Peace.  Now it doesn’t mean you will never have to experience disorder in your life, but it does mean that by having a relationship with Jesus you can be set free from the distress brought about by it.

Psalm 108:1 ” My heart is steadfast, O God; I will sing and make music with all my soul.”

Human emotions can be all over the place…from jubilation to despair.  But when your trust is firmly fixed on Jesus, the highs and lows aren’t as severe.  For when your faith is based on Him and what He can do and not on fate or luck…you can face any bad news with confidence that Jesus will see you through.  This is shown to us in Psalm 112:7, “He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast in the Lord.  His heart is secure, he will have no fear.”  Thank you Lord for that certainty we can have.

Ephesians 2:12-13 “Remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.”

In these Scriptures Paul is speaking to Gentile Christians…then and now.  For in this man-centered world we are cut-off from the promises of God…or as Paul wrote, “without hope and without God.”  But we have been brought near to God by the sacrificial death of His Son, Jesus Christ…who gave His life as a atonement so we may have the gift of eternal life.  God’s compassion was evident to fallen man when we read Isaiah 65:1 which says, “I revealed Myself to those who didn’t ask for Me; I was found by those who didn’t seek Me.”  We were once expelled from the dominion of God, banished and living in exile when Jesus came and paid the price…reconciling us back to God and destroying the barrier that sin had created.

Jeremiah 20:11 ” But the Lord is with me like a mighty warrior; so my persecutors will stumble and not prevail. They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced; their dishonor will never be forgotten.”

Jeremiah was not popular among the people of Judah!  His message from the Lord was primarily one of judgment, which lead to his life often being threatened.  During his over 40 years of ministry Jeremiah often implored God to protect him…”Remember me, O Lord; remember me and care for me.” (Jeremiah 15:15) and  “Let my persecutors be put to shame, but keep me from shame; let them be terrified, but keep me from terror.” (Jeremiah 17:18)  Jeremiah had learned to put his absolute trust in God regardless of what the circumstances looked like around him…for he had discovered there’s no safer place to be than in the very center of God’s Will.

Revelation 5: 1-3 ” Then I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, ‘Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?’ But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it.”

The angel was asking, who is worthy?  Who is deserving enough, with the power and capability to loosen the seals of the scroll?  And it says… there was no one.  Certainly it couldn’t be sinful man, for like Isaiah when he saw the Lord, we’d all have to exclaim, “Woe to me! I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips.”  But there is One that is worthy of opening the scroll. Only one that lived a perfect and sinless life here on earth.  His name is Jesus Christ, the Worthy One.

Psalm 21:7 ” For the king trusts in the Lord; through the unfailing love of the Most High he will not be shaken.”

King David knew where his strength and confidence came from…it was in his relationship with the one true God and His unchanging kindness and mercy.  David relied on God’s wisdom rather than his own in making decisions…confident yet humble, knowing God’s Will was perfect every time,  in every situation.  Yes, David messed up some, but he was also called a man after God’s own heart for good reason.

Galatians 3:22 ” But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.”

We are all sinners.  We are all caught up like fish in the net called evil.  There is not one among us that is righteous…for we are all bound over to disobedience.  But we have a Savior…His name is Jesus, who came to save us from our sinful life and give us hope.  For when we put our trust in Jesus and the Good News of the Gospel…that promise spoken about in this Scripture is made alive in us…the wonderful promise of eternal life in heaven through His Son, Jesus.

James 4:13-17 ” Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s Will, we will live and do this or that.’ As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil. Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.”

So many times we plan major things…making important decisions that will effect our life with little to none of God’s input first.  We make up our minds that this is how it will be…and then as almost an afterthought… we ask the Lord to bless it.  That’s kinda putting the cart before the horse don’t you think?  Making choices without God’s input and counsel first is presumptuous and says we’re trusting in ourselves…not God.