February 25, 2018

False Trust

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – February 25, 2018

Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.  Proverbs 11:28

Trust in stuff will cause you to stumble and eventually fall. Why? Why is money unfit for trust? It is unreliable because it cannot save us or bring us forgiveness, peace, or contentment. Money is an unemotional master that can trip you up if it becomes the basis for your security. It can be here today and gone tomorrow. Money moves around like a gypsy looking for the next place to live. Trust in riches fails to focus on Christ.

The Bible says, “Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle” (Proverbs 23:5). Trust in riches causes some to fall from the faith, because they equate wealth with success. However, you can be faithful to the Lord and thus be successful whether rich or poor. It may take losing money to reveal our true motivation. Trust in riches is a recipe for false security, fear, and sadness.

However, the righteous understand the role of riches is to remind them of God’s provision. The Bible says, “Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work—this is a gift of God” (Ecclesiastes 5:19). Are you struggling with the reduction of your wealth? Do you remember what really mattered when you were first married? Was it trust in the Lord, your spouse, and good health? The righteous thrive in trust and obedience to Christ.

Lastly, guard your good name during financial crisis. Character is of much greater value than cash. The Bible says, “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold” (Proverbs 22:1). This means you do not fear and you follow through with your commitments. Faith grows in its giving during uncertain times. Am I thriving or surviving? Is my trust in gold or God?

Prayer

Heavenly Father, give me the faith to totally trust You and not in my ability to work and make money, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Application

Where does the Lord want me to aggressively give money while trusting in Him?

Related Reading

Deuteronomy 8:12–14; Job 31:24–25; Matthew 13:22; 1 Timothy 6:17 Taken from Seeking Daily the Heart of God v.2

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Comments

  1. John Thurman says:

    Thanks for your timely, poignant posting. Needed to hear this.

    1. Gwynne says:

      Dear John,
      Thank you for reaching out to us and for your kind words after reading “False Trust”. I think you are not alone when you said “Needed to hear this”. I, for one, needed to hear this and be reminded of truly putting all of my trust in Him!
      Boyd stated, “Trust in riches causes some to fall from the faith, because they equate wealth with success. However, you can be faithful to the Lord and thus be successful whether rich or poor” and it reminded me that there are times that we (unintentionally, perhaps) start trusting Him less and material things more. It is a slippery slope that doesn’t happen overnight but slowly grows. (I am speaking only for myself here and I think some others in our Wisdom Hunter’s family may agree…) So, I am thankful for these “wake up calls” and other ones we may get to set us on the right track. Thank you, Holy Spirit for those “nudges”.
      We are thankful that you were blessed by this devotional and we give all the Glory to our Heavenly Father. Thank you, John, for being a wisdom hunter and we look forward to hearing from you again.
      Grateful,
      Gwynne
      “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
      In all of your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your ways straight.”
      Proverbs 3: 5-6

      “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
      He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside still waters, he restores my soul.
      He guides me in the path of righteousness for His name sake.”
      Psalm 23:1-3


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