October 2, Wednesday

Today’s devotional is a reprint of Kate Moon’s blog originally posted on December 27, 2013.  Kate continues to serve the Lord in E. Asia. 

 

Devotional Thought for Today

“On Whom Have We Really Placed Our Trust?”

Psalm 146:3-4

Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. 4 When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing. 5 Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God.

There are few people in my life that I really rely on, but the ones that I do place my trust in are like princes to me: My father, a physician, who has kept me healthy all my life in such a way that I have never once had to go to a hospital or put my medical insurance to use.  Pastors who keep me spiritually healthy through their weekly messages, and who give me guidance at critical moments in my life.  Family members who will be there for me in a heartbeat if I ever need their help.  But what if one day, they all suddenly disappeared?

As I think about this, I feel suddenly very vulnerable and alone.  I imagine I would feel very much at a loss about many things.  If I had no one, suddenly had no one, would God really take care of me?  How would He do it?  By moving the hearts of complete strangers to help me?  I find it is a stretch to truly believe He would or could.  

But it doesn’t have to be as dramatic as this.  Sometimes the way we place our trust in princes has to do with who we look to for help in the most mundane matters.  Who will help us with the housework or the children?  Who do we depend on to get our jobs done well and on time?  How do we react or respond when we don’t receive the help or support we were expecting?

Do we place undue pressure, burden or expectation on people around us to help us and then feel resentful when they don’t come through?  Or are we able to release them from our expectations because we know that the help does not necessarily have to come from them and that God could provide some other way?  Do we get downcast and discouraged when our princes at times fail or disappoint us when we felt we needed them most?  Or do we continue to have hope because our hope is in the Lord?  

Significant relationships in our lives where we both give and receive help are a blessing from the Lord.  This day, let us both thank God for these relationships and keep them in perspective as we recognize God as our true and ultimate source of help.

Prayer: Lord, You are truly worthy of my praise.  How wonderful You have been to me, how loving.  You have been my protector, healer, restorer and provider.  How can I not place my hope and trust in You?  May I be a delight to You this day.

Bible Reading for Today: Revelation 3


Lunch Break Study

Read Psalm 146:5-9: Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God. 6 He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them—he remains faithful forever. 7 He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free, 8 the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous. 9 The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

Questions to Consider

  1. Why should we trust God instead of princes?  What are his qualifications?  (vv. 5-6)
  2. What kind of help does God give and to whom?  (vv. 7-9)
  3. Am I like any of the people in verses 7-9?  In my life right now, which kind of help do I need most?  Do I believe God is both willing and able to help me?

Notes

  1. God is sovereign over all and eternal.  He is the one who is truly in control.
  2. See verses 7-9.
  3. Do you need an advocate?  Are you hungry?  Do you need to be set free?  Do you need healing?  Are you bowed down in spirit?  Are you an outsider?  Are you without friends or relatives to depend on?  Ask the Lord to move in your life.  He is both willing and able.

Evening Reflection

I lift my eyes up to the mountains, where does my help come from?  My help comes from you, maker of heaven, creator of the earth.  Who was my help today? 

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