DRIVE THE STAKEBy: Darrelyn L. TuttOne of the most positive and life-changing realities we can accept and embrace in our lives is the reality and truth about man's untrustworthiness and God's complete trustworthiness.Nowhere in the Bible,Not one single time in the Scripture,Does God encourage us to put our trust in man.But only to the contrary.We are to trust God and love man and there's an ocean of difference in-between.This reality is one of the most liberating realities one can discover, dear Reader, and the deeper the stake is driven into it ... the more profoundly a life will be lived.Trials, difficulties, hardships, and heartaches assist and pave the way into the presence of God where He asserts, without hesitation, that He alone is trustworthy. He alone is worthy of praise.And that's the answer to the question,"Who can I trust?"------Do a word study in the Bible on "trust" and you'll be blessed and reflect on the word differently, dear Reader.Here's a good beginning:"Thus saith the Lord, 'Cursed be the man that trusteth in man and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord. For he shall be like the heath in the desert and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit."Jeremiah 17:5-8-----"Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help and stay on horses and trust in chariots because they are many; and in horsemen because they are very strong, but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the Lord! Yet also He is wise and will bring evil, and will not call back His words, but will arise against the house of the evil-doers, and against the help of them that work iniquity. Now the Egyptians are men and not God, and their horses flesh and not Spirit. When the Lord shall stretch out His hand, both he that helpeth shall fall, and they all shall fail together.'"Isaiah 31:1-3-----"Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. His breath goes forth, he returneth to his earth, in that very day his thoughts perish. Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help; whose hope is in the Lord his God; Which made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that therein is, which keepeth truth forever."Psalm 146:3-6-----To trust God and to love man ... This is what we are called to do.May the lessons we learn from each hardship we face lead us to this wondrous and sacred reality.Faith grows in the fertile soil of trusting God,And faith corrodes where it roots itself in man.-----
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