November 21

Evangelism Help Number 2

Psalm 146:3 Do not put your trust in princes, nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help.

Psalm 44:6 For I will not trust in my bow, nor shall my sword save me.

Proverbs 11:28a He who trusts in his riches will fall….

Psalm 40:4a Blessed is that man who makes the LORD his trust….

All human beings place their trust in something or someone. It’s how we are created and it’s how we operate in this world.

We all trust in many things we can see. We trust people we know and that have proven themselves trustworthy. We trust the chair will work when we sit down, or that the coffee machine will work, or that the car will start or the next train will stop soon. Though all systems with humans in it are subject to failure, we exhibit our trust every time we mail a letter or order something from a website.

We also trust in many unseen things—like the sun rising or the next season coming, or that certain kitchen ingredients will react in certain ways when mixed together and heat is added—and we make our plans accordingly. Most scientists couldn’t proceed with their work if they didn’t trust that the processes they rely on could be repeated. Most everyone would agree that we have to trust in many things—seen and unseen—to just go about our day.

We have simply made one major change and have gone one step beyond. We have rejected trust in things connected to us, and have instead placed our trust in Someone else—Jesus Christ—and in something else—His sacrifice on the cross as payment for our sins. Since we constantly place our trust in things unseen and not understood (e.g., gravity, the presence of germs, subatomic particles, the existence of faraway stars), it’s not that much of a stretch to extend our trust to the unseen reality of God and the atonement.

Even if they don’t yet share our faith, many unbelievers can at least agree with the concept in the preceding paragraph. The bigger stretch comes when it comes to the issue of trusting people. Most of us have lost a degree of trust there, and we usually have good cause not to trust in just anyone. Yet trust in people is the glue that holds societies and families together. No matter how cynical some may appear, they trust more people in more ways than they may want to admit. They couldn’t go through 24 hours without it.

Again, there is one major change: We have found the One who is completely trustworthy, and have put our trust in Him. We believe in what He did, in what He says, and in what He will do.

Those who don’t believe in God are not that different from us, and we are not that different from them. We all trust, and we’ve all built our lives on some kind of trust. Many have built their lives on trust in something about themselves: their wealth, feelings, perspectives, mental or physical strength, or their self-confidence. We have just rejected that and have instead shifted our trust onto Him.

Prayer: Lord, may my life demonstrate Your trustworthiness. Help me to trust You more and more, and help me to encourage others to do the same. May my own life be the greatest argument for the value of trusting in You.

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