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WHY SHOULD WE TRUST GOD?

Psalm 118:8   "It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man." 

The longest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119. The shortest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 117. Located in Psalm 118 is verse 8 which is the very verse in the Bible that is the exact center of the Bible. This verse is the heart of the Bible. What can we learn from this verse which is the heart of the word of GOD? Put your confidence and faith in GOD. One might ask, why? The answer being that the only thing in this world that we can depend on is the faithfulness of the word of GOD. 

Men fail us. Human nature is fickle. People who are our friends many times turn against us. Money can take wings and fly away. Stock markets fall. Fortunes can be lost. Our health can take a turn for the worse. Jobs can be lost. Circumstances change. One cannot trust  governments, political leaders, or financial advisors. Computer hackers and con men are on every corner. Please do not put your confidence in man. 

In Hebrews 13:8 the Bible says "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever." He does not change. His message is true. The anchor is sure. We can have total confidence in the sure word of GOD. He has promised us that He will never leave us or forsake us but He will go with us even to the end of the world. I Corinthians 10:13 says "There hath no temptation taken you but such is common to man: but GOD is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted above that which you are able; but will with the temptation make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it."   

We trust the LORD because He is faithful, full of mercy, forgiving, and because His word is true. The only thing that can truly be trusted is the word of GOD. Where is your confidence? What are you trusting in? I trust it is in the sure promises of the word of GOD. The Bible says "it is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man."

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SHEPHERDS

Shepherds, of course, can refer to those who tend or care for sheep, like the first people who were invited by angels to see the baby Jesus on that night long ago. But the term “shepherd” is also often used in the Bible for leaders. In today’s OYB reading in Ezekiel 34, there is heavy criticism of the “shepherds” of Israel.

"Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel. Prophesy and say to those shepherds, 'Thus says the Lord God, "Woe, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flock?... Those who are sickly you have not strengthened, the diseased you have not healed, the broken you have not bound up, the scattered you have not brought back, nor have you sought for the lost; but with force and with severity you have dominated them. They were scattered for lack of a shepherd… My flock was scattered…. and there was no one to search or seek for them." (34:2, 4-6)

The leaders of Israel, both religious and political leaders, had failed in their responsibilities to their people. This can instruct us as well in whatever leadership responsibilities we may have, whether political or civic or church leadership, or leadership in our homes as husbands or parents—let’s not fail the Lord in whatever leadership responsibilities He’s given us. 

We can balance out this criticism of failed leadership with two verses from our Hebrews 13 OYB reading: (13:7), “Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith.” And (13:17), “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.”

Our Lord is a perfect Shepherd (Psalm 23:1), and we in turn should shepherd well those who are entrusted to us.

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