This is the seventh devotion on trusting God. If you missed last week’s devotion on trusting God, click here. For the first six devotions, you can continue scrolling down to “Trusting God.”
Proverbs 3:5-7 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.”
Last week you learned the first difficulty in trusting God – “I am in Control.” This week you’ll learn how things and people can make it difficult to trust God. The things of this world can offer great delights, but if done at the exclusion of God, it ends in the emptiness that Ecclesiastes 2:25-26 describes: “For without Him, who can eat or find enjoyment? To the man who pleases Him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner He gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” People who have given their lives to Christ in faith and Lordship, but still live their lives as if the things and people of this world are what brings real life are living meaningless lives. People who live this way make things worse by contorting their prayer lives into being the path to attain and retain the things of this world. The focus of our prayers can all too often reflect an earthly focus instead of a kingdom focus. We end up not seeking God’s will but asking God to fill the orders of our will.
John12:42-43 shows another reason that people displace God: “Many even of the rulers believed on Him, but because of the pharisees they were not confessing Him for fear they would be put out of the synagogue. For they loved praise from men more than praise from God.” As humans we crave praise, recognition, and acceptance. The rulers in this verse believed in Jesus, but their love of self superseded God. We make all types of excuses for not doing something that involves God, but so often it is to preserve our place, position, and perception that others have of us. How can God be your all when you are subconsciously embarrassed to be aligned to Him or when you are afraid of what you risk by your alignment to Him?
Psalm 40:4 shows how we miss God’s blessing by filling our lives with false gods: “Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.” It is hard for God to bless you when you have filled your life with multiple false gods: money, sports, television, phone apps, groups, etc. It is awkward to think of trusting God when you have a hundred other things you trust in to meet your every other need.
Jesus knew that our treasures reflect where our hearts are. Trusting God almost always reflects letting go of something. When Jesus said in Luke 12:34, " For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also,” He knew His disciples would be unsuccessful in following Him unless they disconnected from their possessions. Our treasures quickly steal our hearts making it impossible to follow Jesus. Some of Joshua’s final words admonished the people to serve God alone with all faithfulness:
Joshua 24:14-15 "Now fear the LORD and serve Him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt and serve the Lord. But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."
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