10-15-06

All through the Scriptures we see the various contrasts between the person who trusts in the Lord and the person who doesn’t.  Just look at the picture Jeremiah paints,

Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the LORD. For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, And shall not see when good comes, But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, In a salt land which is not inhabited. Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.” (Jer 17:5-8 NKJV)
How do I know if I’m trusting God rather than trusting man?  I think one of the indicators is found in my prayer life.  Where do I go first with my needs?  Do I seek out human help or God’s help?  I’m not saying that I’ll never need to ask a human being for help.  I’m not saying that I can’t be the answers to my own prayers by getting up and taking action. The issue is where I look for help first. Sometimes I justify my lack of trust by shooting up quick little prayers as I try to deal with a problem.  I try to convince myself that my little “help” aimed at God means I trust Him. Certainly there are situations that require a quick reaction on my part, but I’m seeing that most “emergency” situations are things I knew I should have been praying for all along. Consistent prayer.  Trusting His guidance.  This is what turns a barren desert into a well-watered, fruitful garden.