Where is our trust? Who or what have we placed our faith in? Where have our expectations taken us?
We tend to trust ourselves, our plans or the people around us. But we need to understand and talk a little bit about how harmful this could be.
“Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.”James 4: 13-17
James warns us about the danger of trust put ourselves and our plans. As I see it, self-confidence oftentimes is generated by pride, an inflated ego. It’s hard to hear this, but when we trust ourselves, we show that we don’t trust God enough to give everything we have and, blindly, we think we are enough.
There is no space for two people in control of our lives. Either we trust ourselves – a fragile and uncertain trust because we don’t know what will happen even in the next 5 seconds of our lives. Or we let God, the creator of all things, be in the control of our lives.
I say this for myself. How many times have I tried to take control of the situations in my life and have stopped trusting God? How many times have I failed to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit, to hear my futile and useless intuition?
“What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?”Romans 7:24
But while we are flawed and make many mistakes, we need to have the conviction and the certainty that we are justified by the blood of Christ on the cross of Calvary. There is a hope: Christ.
Trust in God
“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.”Psalm 37: 5-6
Above all, our trust must be in God. Our path, our life, our plans, our wishes. Everything must be fully handed over to the Lord, so that He can act in the way He wants.
Just in this moment of pandemic, quarantine and economic crisis, we need to trust the Lord! It’s difficult? Yes very difficult. However, we must give our way to the Lord and have faith that the more He will do. The Creator of the entire universe is our Father, our Savior and our Counselor! Is there anything better than that?
May God bless you and have faith: all the pain, suffering and anxiety will pass, through the power of our Lord in us!
Grace and peace.