‘Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.’ Psalm 20.7
We trust in God! Of course we do - or at least we say we do! However, if we are honest it’s more likely that we trust in God and in other things as well. This is not necessarily bad, but it’s worth a moment of honesty to work out exactly what we do put our trust in, and what is the scale of our trust in them.
It’s likely that our security is in many things, one of which is God. The key question is this: just how far down the list does our security and trust in God come? Perhaps it is a little further down than we thought it would be. If this is the case, what can be done about it?
Perhaps a first step is to give thanks for all the things in life that bring blessing to us. Giving thanks for something seems to bring it under the touch of God. Paul wrote this in 1 Timothy 4.4-5: ‘… nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.’ In other words, when we are able to genuinely give thanks to God for something, we place it in his hands and begin to see it as a blessing to us from God, rather than something distinct from him.
The more you can regard every good thing in your life as a gift from God, then the more you can develop your trust in him and know that he has indeed provided for you in the past and will do so in the future. Why not begin to give him thanks right now?
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