Wednesday, December 9, 2009


"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" (Prov 3:5-6).

Our human nature tends to lean toward pragmatism -- using whatever means available to us in order to succeed. We often also like to trust in our own abilities or even trust in other people to bring the success or satisfaction that we long for.

However, inward conflict arises when we place our total trust in ourselves or in other people instead of God. Our lack of trust and obedience to God versus placing an over dependence upon our natural skills and resources has created problems since Genesis, throughout the old and new testaments, and into the present day.

"Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on horses, who trust in the multitude of their chariots and in the great strength of their horsemen, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel, or seek help from the LORD" (Isa 31:1).

We are prone to build strong defenses to avoid failure and use all of our might to be successful in our endeavors. However, we must avoid trying to build resources and skills, hoarding stuff and accumulating knowledge strickly for the sake of insulating ourselves against any possible calamity. Such activity is rooted in fear and will fail eventually. We can never do enough to completely insulate ourselves from hurt, suffering, pain, and troubles in this world. And we should certainly not sin in order to avoid suffering. Often, our fear of pain can lead to a hoarding mentality and self-reliance.

Today, I lift my eyes to the LORD and call on Him for His goodness and trust in His sovereign hand.

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