Devotional

Pastor Marvin Flowerdew

St. Croix Valley Assembly of God

Who can you trust?

We live in a world full of information coming at us from many sources. This year is an election year and all the candidates and their supporters are bombarding us with what they will accomplish if they are elected. Don’t get me wrong. I am most thankful for the great system of government that God enabled our founding fathers to put together for us. But how can I know who is right? Who can I trust?

There is a passage in the Bible that gives us a principle that will never fail us if we follow it. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5, 6, NASB) God is the only one we can trust.

Many years ago when our children were quite young, we had an experience that is a great illustration of complete trust. We took a week of vacation in a remote area next to the Waldo Wilderness in the Cascade mountains in Oregon. We started working our way towards home towards the end of the week. We spent a night at Summit Lake Campground. The next day we stopped at Salt Creek Falls and hiked in to see the falls. We then continued down the mountain toward home. About noon we stopped at a small Forest Service picnic area for lunch. After spending some time playing and fishing (no catching) we had lunch and started home.

When we can to the town of Oakridge, we stopped to get gas. We had a small dog about two years old that we named Wimpy. She loved to go with us anywhere, especially camping. As I started to get out of the car, I called back to the kids in the back seat and said “Watch Wimpy, don’t let her get out.” The answer came back, “She’s not back here.” Somehow we had all loaded into the car and no one thought of Wimpy.

After filling the car, we started back up the mountain. With a sick feeling in my heart, I was watching the road for the dog to be either running down the highway or possible lying in the road from being hit by another vehicle. We drove all the way back to the little park without seeing any sign of Wimpy.

We didn’t know what to think, but as we pulled into the park and up to the table where we had eaten lunch, there she sat waiting for us to come get her. We had left her home often and had even on occasion left her with other family members. What she knew was that we always came back to where we had left her. That table was the last “home” we had been in. Without concern she waited right there where we had left her. That is total trust!

What the Bible teaches us is that God is totally trustworthy. He promoted never to leave us or forsake us. We need to build such a personal relationship with Jesus that whatever is going on, where ever we are, WE CAN TRUST HIM.

We build that relationship by spending time with Him in His Word, the Bible, and in prayer and worship. “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you (James 4:8 NASB).”