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13 Where is your safety net? Part II

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Psalm 118:8

It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.

In answering the question, “why is it better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man?” we discovered that God’s power, passion and peace is greater than mans. But it doesn’t end there we can also trust Him because of His:

  • PARDON

It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man because of His pardon and forgiveness. There is nothing that compares to His mercy, Psalm 103:8-13 reminds us of His compassion, that He is abounding in love and that the Lord will not keep His anger against us forever . Unlike our fellow man God does not punish us according to what we deserve but is merciful towards us. Even when we are afflicted because of our own rebellious ways He is still merciful to deliver those who cry out to Him, Psalm 107:17-21. This is in sharp contrast to the “I told you so” kind of mercy we often hear from others when we mess up. Man often does not forgive us or show much mercy to us when we fail. When David sinned he said that he preferred to fall into the hands of God rather than into the hands of men, 2 Samuel 24:10-14. Man may not rescue us when we suffer because of our mistakes but God will because His mercies are very great. Who do you trust to pardon you when you mess up? Do you need to experience the freedom of forgiveness do you need to rest in the reality of 1 John 1:9 that you can be pardoned?

  •  PROMISES

We often fail to keep our promises, where we fail to follow through the Lord can be trusted because He is faithful to fulfill His promises. When it comes to man’s promises we are prone to changing our mind or even lying and denying that the promises were ever make. Numbers 23:19-23 reminds us that God is not a man that will fail to keep His word. Unlike our words which are often hollow and empty the words which come from the mouth of God will not return void but will accomplish the purpose for which they are sent, Isaiah 55:11. Not only are His words rich and full but they are also enduring, Mark 13:31 says Heaven and earth will pass away but His words will never pass away. Are you tired of broken promises do you want to put your trust in one whose word is trustworthy?

  •  PROMOTION

It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man because God brings purpose and promotion in our lives. God lifts us up when we humble ourselves before Him, James 4:10. We all desire to be recognized and we like to look to man for that pat on the back and that nod of recognition.  But man’s capacity to lift us up is limited to his own ability and ambition. The hand of man may lift us up in sympathy when we are in a needy state but that same hand may pull us down in jealousy when we are in a prosperous state. Man will eventually fail to lift us up because at some point his ambition will always get in the way of his compassion, he will not want us to rise higher than himself. In contrast the Lord desires to lift us up, how high you ask, Ephesians 2:6 says high enough to be seated in the heavenly places with Christ Jesus. Jesus in contrast to man is not jealous and has promised that those who believe in Him shall do even greater works than Him John 14:12. The Lord is the one who brings true and lasting promotion in our lives, but we must humble ourselves and be submitted under His mighty Hand and He will lift us up in due time I Peter 5:6. Are you tired of trying to climb the ladder, is your effort being spent on trying to be recognized? Will you look to God to promote you? Is it time to put your trust in Him?

  • PRESENCE

Have you ever really needed someone to be there for you and they were not? Have you ever experienced the desperately deep loneliness and alienation that comes from being left alone?  Man’s ability to be there, to actually show up and walk through anything with us is sketchy at best.  God tells us that His presence is both constant Hebrews 13:5-6 “I will never leave you nor forsake you” and enduring Matthew 28:20 “surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Even when we are unaware of His presence He is there because He will neither slumber nor sleep, Psalm 121:4-5. No person can be alert and with us all the time even if they want to be but God will be with us at all times and through all situations. His presence is not that of a fair weather friend who is there as long as all is well. Instead He will be with us in times of joy, sorrow, celebration, loneliness, disappointment, fulfillment, prosperity, poverty, health, sickness, you name the situation and He is still there. Are you tired of going it alone, of thinking someone will be there for you only to be left alone? Is it time to trade your loneliness and disappointment for the one whose presence is both comforting and constant?

2 thoughts on “13 Where is your safety net? Part II

  1. I’ve been pardoned by the only One who keeps promises… I’ve been promoted as His child… Forever in His presence! Awesome!!

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