So the other day, I happened to be reading the book of Proverbs, chapter 11 to be precise, when I made an interesting observation. I was struck by how the verse 7 reminded me of another scripture that I had come across in my previous readings. The verse 7 reads “When a wicked man dies, his expectation will perish, and the hope of the unjust perishes”. Wow, I thought, “this sounds similar to something I have seen in Psalm 49”. The verses 16-19 of this psalm also reads, “16 Do not be afraid when one becomes rich, when the glory of his house is increased; 17 For when he dies he shall carry nothing away; His glory shall not descend after him. 18 Though while he lives he blesses himself (For men will praise you when you do well for yourself). 19 He shall go to the generation of his fathers. They shall never see light.” People always laugh whenever I say that I have never seen anyone buried with their houses, cars or clothes (you only get to take one set with you, if you get my drift) well now we know, verse 17 confirms what I have been saying all along!
However, to the main point of my blog now; Who are you trusting in? Are you putting you trust in a man who will perish tomorrow and all his plans with him, as we have read in the verses above? If your security is in a man, please remember that life is very fleeting. If you have spent your whole life trying to curry favour and win the approval of men, please take a step back and revisit your values. Nothing lasts forever, you may be in a man’s good books today, tomorrow you may be out of favour; relegated to the bottom of the barrel or totem pole. Disappointments, crushing defeat has led many a person to the brink of despair resulting sometimes in fatal consequences. Why, because we choose to place our trust in things that do not last. We have placed our trust in the “flesh”. If all your friends or even family deserted you today, will you be able to survive?. How prepared will you be to handle this change in your cirmcumstances? Psalm 56:3-4 reads “3 Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. 4 In God I have put my trust: I will not fear. What can flesh do to me.” Proverbs 29:25 also says “The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.” These verses teach us that we need to put our trust in God and not man. When King David encountered difficulties, he strengthened himself in the Lord. As believers we need to learn how to strengthen ourselves in the Lord on a daily basis. It takes discipline and intentionality to accomplish this. We can stand on nothing other than the promises of God in any situation that we encounter. Anything less than this, I would file under “Misplaced Priorities”.
For every situation that you encounter, it is important to search the scriptures for verses relating to whatever you may be going through. I need to take my own advice too (tongue in cheek – hypocrisy is something I cannot abide). I am just letting you know that I have not always done this myself, though I know searching out scriptures is extremely helpful. I will leave you with some verses for reflection but by all means do your own searching through the Word: Psalm 46:10, Psalm 55:22, Psalms 56:11, Isaiah 25:4, and. Isaiah 26:3-4.
I will ask the question again, Who are you trusting in – yourself, friends, spouse, children, power, riches, your looks? These words from the song most of us believers know, which is, “On Christ the Solid Rock I stand all other ground is sinking sand” are words that we should strive to live by. Our lives should truly reflect that “Our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness”.