Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Boiling it Down...

In my last post I wrote about the need to keep things simple in my life right now. To that end I stumbled across a familiar verse which again, cuts right to the heart of the matter.

"Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God." (Psalm 20:7)

The question that jumps out is obvious; "who or what are you trusting in?" The easy answer is to say we trust in God. But upon closer examination I have to confess that in my own life I trust in too many other things.

- I trust in exercise and doctors for health.
- I trust in my job and my bank account for security.
- I trust in my 401k and the stock market for retirement.
- I trust in my my house for safety.
- I trust in my car...
- I trust in myself...(ouch)

And yet, the question still hangs in the air. Most of that stuff is neither good or bad; it's amoral. It's neutral. Some of these things are in fact gifts from God that I'm allowed and even meant to enjoy. But the minute it replaces God in my life as something I put fait and trust in, well, you know...

It's about our heart attitude and motivations. Unless you're Job. Job had all his securities taken away and for him it became a choice he had to make; would he continue to trust God...the same God that took it all away. For most of us, though, we will go through our lives and never have to face the crucible that Job had to face. So it comes back to a heart attitude, which does play out in our actions. Who or what do we trust in?

When you boil it all down we either trust in God or we don't. It's easy to spot in others but hard in ourselves. The person who trusts in God usually sticks out. 

- They are generous with their money and possessions. Very generous. 
- They may have "stuff" but they're not consumed by it. 
- They seem to have a peace and joy that the rest of us lack. 
- They don't worry about much, or at least they don't let worry drive them. 
- They aren't afraid to risk...to risk little or to risk much.
- They will go anywhere and do anything for God...and often He takes them up on that offer.

So where are you? Where am I? Are we trusting in the stuff of the world, or trusting in the one who made and gave all the stuff? 

Some trust in horses, some trust in chariots...and some trust solely in the name and person of Jesus Christ. How about you?

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