Friday, January 27, 2017

Misdirected Trust

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

The year was 1978 and we had decided to drive to Reggio Calabria, at the boot of Italy. Instead of driving on the Mediterranean side, we decided to take the AutoStrata on the Adriatic side and cut across on another major highway deep in the South of Italy. We mapped everything out carefully.

We were driving, talking, and enjoying the new scenery of the trip when, all of a sudden, the AutoStata came to a DEAD END! We looked at our map trying to figure out what went wrong, and then we saw it. It was an asterisk, which in very fine print said, “Road not complete until 1980.” 

We had to turn around and drive about 2 hours in the opposite direction to connect with a highway that would take us to our destination. 

Over the years, that trip taught me a valuable lesson: Putting your trust in worldly things is tempting — our careers, our abilities, our paychecks, our possessions, our relationships… even Google! While these things may bring a measure of assurance, nothing can replace the unshakeable security we have when we rely on God! He is where we should direct our trust. 

His all-knowing wisdom and eternal Word are flawless. Trusting other things may seem like a good idea at the time, but they can lead us miles away from the path God has in mind.

If you find yourself in an unfamiliar place, or in uncharted territory, wondering how you got there, stop relying on other things, especially self-reliance. Seek God. Better yet, before heading out on any life trip, check things out with God first. He will not steer you wrong!

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. Psalm 20.7

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