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To trust in ourselves is foolish

We use acts of faith every day.

You probably have at least used it one today.

You pulled up a chair and sat down without pushing on the chair or examining it before you placed your full weight upon it. Some have used this faith and have been let down, literally bringing a chuckle to some who look on.

There are many structures in our world that we count on repeatedly to support us.

What is your safety net for life or your security?

Is it your bank account?  Your job?

Your physical strength?

Your intellectual ability?

Your connections with people?

These have been used by many, and yet they have let us down when we did not expect it.

How many today anticipated retiring at age 65 only to realize that our systems have not delivered and now we will need to work to age 70 or more?

How many planned to live to 90-plus, but faced cancer and died before age 60?

When we think we have it all together, there can always be someone stronger, smarter or better positioned.

When we truthfully consider our resources and capabilities, in view of a world economy that is totally out of our control, we are so weak and feeble.

To trust in ourselves is rather foolish.

Should we not put an act of faith in one who controls our next heartbeat or breath while sustaining the universe and even controlling governments?

Many people in our society seem strong and very capable of dealing with life.

Others seem to be buried by the cares that continually seem to sweep over them.

Trust in the Lord and do good;  dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.

Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord;  trust in him and he will do this:  He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;  do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes ... those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land (Ps 37:3-9).

To know how to take any step of faith with Jesus Christ, connect with the evangelical churches in our municipalities; they can show you the way.

 

Greg Dalman is pastor at Maple Ridge Alliance Church.

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