Trust In God
Great Provider of peace and rest, I am tired of being down. Lift me up today, Lord, I pray.
Read Psalm 49:1-20
 For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
“Death is the last enemy, and no one, however strong-willed and defiant, no matter how stoical or wise, can wrest the final victory from its hands. Our only hope is in God” (John Knox, 1514-1572).
Jesus’ teaching and that of Paul on the distorting power of possessions are grounded in the Old Testament. Important as money is, it cannot solve all our problems. In fact, it can blind us to the things that really matter. In many situations we can throw money at a problem to solve it, but no amount of money can ultimately prevent people from dying. Death can be postponed, but ultimately it has to be faced and then money proves to be a valueless currency. You cannot buy your way out of death.
Life’s meaning can only be found when we come to terms with death. Whether we are wise or foolish, rich or poor, famous or unknown, eventually we all face death. How sad then that some who follow the stock market closely, who move money on the currency markets, who look for the best rates of exchange, who can spot a bargain that others overlook, are so blind when it comes to preparing for the most important event of their lives. The one thing we should all learn in living life is that to put our final trust in ourselves is like hanging a coat on a loose nail.
Face facts, and prepare accordingly. If you do not have the required resources then look elsewhere. The only viable option is to transfer trust from you to God. We know from the resurrection of Jesus that God’s promise to redeem has been demonstrated in God’s prototype of a new society. How sad, if, in having what everyone covets, you cut yourself off from the one thing that matters. When it comes to money, we need to think less of ownership and more of stewardship.
“I am content with what I have, / Little be it or much; / And, Lord, contentment still I crave, / Because thou savest such” (John Bunyan, preacher, 1628-88). Ponder this and make it your prayer.
Lord, You are the Resurrection and the Life. Pour into me the vibrancy of life that hope in You brings.
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