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A Source Of Confidence
Isaiah Chadwick - Feb. 5, 2018
Devotional

Psalms 118:8-9

“It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.

 

If there’s one word that comes to mind to describe last year it would be interesting. The world has always had an element of instability, but it seems to have grown to impressive levels. People, governments, media, and numerous others seem to have had a profound change of heart as they have turned from what had previously been important, maybe even defining, beliefs they’ve held. This isn’t the first time such events have unfolded, but I feel that it is now maybe more pronounced. This is one reason why I am constantly thankful for the mentoring I had when I was young to always have a way to back up anything that I believe in; since then, the Bible has become a foundation in the formation of my opinions. That stability is something that I have been grateful for many times, especially in today’s world.

 

This past year has been especially eventful for me personally, I’ve had to put certain goals on hold as I attempt to bring order into my life and my finances. There were times when I wasn’t certain how I was going to pull enough money together for all of my expenses; but even as the margin on my bank statements between red and black ink narrowed, I would remember that this wasn’t my first time waiting for the season in my life to change. This wasn’t the first time when I called on the Lord to help bring me opportunities to find work, and even when I had no idea when or where my reprieve would come from, I knew that God would be faithful to hear me once again. This new year brought me the resolution that I was seeking, making me exceedingly thankful for the blessings that God has given me and for the constant that He is in my life.

 

There is a certain dependability that comes from the Lord, a comforting calm in a sea of chaos. Just as we receive this from our Lord, as His servants and ambassadors we should strive to deliver this certainty to the world. That means being constant, reliable, and dependable, having an firm grasp on a values and a commitment to keep them. Without having a mooring in our understanding of God and the Bible, we’re just as stable as the world around us, or as Jacob said, stable as water. Perhaps stated best in James 1:23-24 “For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.”