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Who do you trust?

Pastor Dick Nichols
Cedar Creek Community Church
2969 14 Mile Road, Sparta

Who do you trust?

There is a word for those of us who have found ourselves in the midst of trouble,  those who experience problems, even the kind we bring on ourselves. The word is “human.”  This is something common to every person. The Bible states “Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble” (Job 14:1).  Regardless who we are or where we have been, life just brings things like stress, sadness, loneliness, discouragement, disappointment and sometimes just weariness of the soul, and we all want a place to go.
The Psalmist writes, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.”
The Bible gives us some examples of people who have the same kind of ups and downs that we have, like King David.  Now here is someone who knew well the trials of life, but if there is one thing that David knew well, it was the art of finding a good safe hiding place. He was the youngest of Jesse’s boys and undoubtedly was picked on a lot; as a young shepherd he knew to find a safe hiding place for his flock when there were predators around; as a member of King Saul’s court, his very life depended on finding  a safe refuge, a hiding place where the insanely jealous King Saul couldn’t reach him to kill him.  Even after David became king, time after time he had to retreat to safety even from his own family.
Each of us faces those seasons of life when we’re forced to seek shelter, a refuge from not only physical distress, but emotional and spiritual storms, too. One unknown author penned these words, “Sometimes God calms the storm and sometimes he lets the storm rage on and calms his child.” We are living in challenging times, likely more challenging than any of us could have envisioned back before that time we called Y2K. There was 9/11, the boom that busted, the economy which we see in our own families and neighborhoods as unemployment and home foreclosures, real happenings in the lives of very real people.  Every year we read of real people freezing to death because they had to choose between eating and buying heating fuel.
The God who sheltered David during his hard times is the same God that reigns today, the same God who inspired Solomon to write to us: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Before I gave my life to Jesus Christ, I looked at scriptures like these and wondered how they could possibly help me thousands of years after their writing.  After all we live in different times. But one thing I have learned is that no one can know God’s truth until they have a personal relationship with him. Today I can speak from personal experience that God doesn’t give us platitudes, he has never failed and never will. I just have to keep reminding myself of what that unknown author wrote: “Sometimes God calms the storm and sometimes he lets the storm rage on and calms his child.”
The confidence we can possess in “the secret place of the most High,” doesn’t come from who we are but whose we are. It isn’t a blanket get out of trouble free card; rather it is the comfort of knowing that there is a God who cares and knows right where we are. Jesus is a rock in a weary land, a shelter in the time of storm.

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