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Who do we put our confidence in?

In these unusual times in which we currently live, one of the questions that we need to consider is: Who do we put our confidence in?

Last Monday whilst reading Psalm 146 I came across the following verses:

Don’t put your confidence in powerful people;
there is no help for you there.
When they breathe their last, they return to the earth,
and all their plans die with them.
But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper,
whose hope is in the Lord their God.
He made heaven and earth,
the sea, and everything in them.
He keeps every promise forever.’ (Psalm 146:3-6 NLT)

It is very tempting during these times to place our confidence in political leaders. However, whilst we should pray for our leaders we have to remember that they are just humans like you and I. They fail and make mistakes.

Some might place their confidence in business leaders instead. Just like politicians though they are humans too and therefore not infallible.

One of the temptations for Christians is to place our confidence in our church leaders. Please don’t misunderstand what I’m saying here. We should respect and honour our church leaders, not forgetting to pray for them too. However, again they are humans like you and I.

Who then should we put our confidence in if it is not to be political leaders, business leaders or church leaders? The Psalmist gives us the answer in verse 5:

But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper,
whose hope is in the Lord their God.

Our confidence should be placed in the Lord. He is the one in whom we can fully trust. He is the one who made heaven and earth. The one who always keeps his promises. Humans make promises, which sometimes they keep them, but other times they do not. God, unlike humans, is reliable and keeps his promises.

And as Paul reminds the church in Corinth:

For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.’ (2 Corinthians 1:20 NLT)

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