TRUST

Week Forty-Five, 2022

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

According to a recent poll, 65% of Democrats distrust newspapers, and 80% distrust TV news. Among Republicans, their trust level is even lower with only 5% saying they had “a great deal or quite a lot of confidence” in newspapers, and only 8% trusted the TV news.

Lack of confidence has fallen in the past 12-18 months according to Gallup polling in all our American institutions. Police. The medical community. Churches and organized religion. Congress. The Supreme Court. And the Presidency.

Whatever reasons — and psychologists suggest everything from our 24-hour cable news cycle to our partisan political divisions — where do people turn? In what or whom can they place confidence, restore trust, and find hope?

Predictably many people turn to another political party, or a new candidate, or believe that changing our overall system or dismantling it all together is the answer.

For Christ-followers, the solution is not political, social, or economic, it is spiritual.

Three thousand years ago the Psalmist offered this insight. “God’s people don’t boast in their human resources,” observed Warren Wiersbe, “but in the God who alone can save them in every situation. Only this kind of faith will honor the strong name of the Lord.”

Jim Denison opined that “Our society is losing trust in today’s “chariots” and “horses.” Now it is incumbent on us to offer them something they can trust with their days and their souls.” In other words, we need a return to trust in the Lord.

Christians, however, must lead the way. We cannot deceive ourselves into thinking the answers to our most serious problems can be solved by new politicians or the reemergence of past leaders. Our underlying strength is not based on military capacity, social institutions, or economic stability.

Our money still says, “In God We Trust.” Our national motto is “In God We Trust.” Many states offer a personalized license plate reading “In God We Trust.” The question is “Do we?” Do we really trust in God? Or place our trust in our own ingenuity?

God’s name speaks of His presence. Power. Preeminence. And position. He is “The Great I AM.” He is the King of the kings of the earth. He is all-knowing. All-wise. All-powerful. And ever-present.

Trusting God goes beyond an academic acquiesce, an emotional response, or spouting pious platitudes. It speaks to the essence of who we are in our attitudes, actions, and core values. Trust in God reveals itself in our daily walk of life.

As we face cultural changes, societal dilemmas, and economic concerns, it’s time for Christians to demonstrate to a world that has lost its way, what it means to believe in God. Trust God. Obey God. And be guided by the principles and precepts of His Word.

In whom, or what do you place your trust? Ken Weliever

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SOMETIMES TRUE STORIES

An Amazon driver named Kevin Rivera was finishing his route in Long Island, New York, when he saw a house on fire. Through the front door, he could see several people inside the home, including a woman and a baby. They were apparently unaware of the fire, so he courageously rushed in to help.

He got the family of seven to leave through the back door and away from the flames, then he rescued their two dogs. When they got outside and saw their burning house, they realized how dire their situation was. “They just started crying,” Rivera said later. “They just got emotional.”

To those thanking him for his bravery, Rivera replied, “To be honest, I just feel great that I did something.”

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British and French researchers conducted a study to determine if preborn babies had any reaction to what their mothers were eating. They did indeed. Using 4D ultrasound machines, they discovered that babies in the womb really liked carrots and really disliked kale.

This is the latest in a long string of studies that prove the humanity of the preborn child. Doctors even perform surgeries in utero on preborn babies, proving that there are two patients – the mother and preborn child.

The left always tells us to follow the science, and the science clearly tells us that the baby in the womb is a little human being.

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We are turning from Christ and Christianity in record numbers: the percentage of self-professed Christians in America is predicted to fall from 64 percent in 2020 to as low as 35 percent by 2070. “Nones,” those who have no religious affiliation, are expected to rise from the current 30 percent to as high as 52 percent by that time.

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QUOTES YOU CAN USE

If Christians suggest that the problem is sin, we are dismissed as outdated, irrelevant, or even judgmental and dangerous to others. As a result, our secularized society is convinced that the cure is worse than the cause. Jim Denison

Charles Spurgeon was right: “A Christian man should so shine in his life that a person could not live with him a week without knowing the gospel.”

Today’s children need a tackle box more than they need an X-Box

I know that my plainness of speech makes them hate me, and what is their hatred but a proof that I am speaking the truth? Socrates

You can’t be saved by being good, religious or sincere. Florida Marketplace Ministry

Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship. Benjamin Franklin

God’s hand is in every disruption and every detour. Florida Marketplace Ministry

Silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way. Jane Austen

When you’re good to others, you’re best to yourself. Benjamin Franklin

When the well is dry, we will know the worth of water. Benjamin Franklin

If you want to see more of your friends come to know Christ, try to not win an argument but to share your heart so that others can see Jesus in how you live your life. Dwight Short