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New Life Daily Devotion - Jan. 21, 2010

  • 2010 Jan 21

Learning to Trust
Jeremiah 9:4-9

We made a decision to turn our wills and our lives over to the care of God.

Most of us know the pain caused by deceit, both for the deceiver and for the one who has been betrayed. We may be trying to learn to trust again after living in situations where we haven't been given any reason to trust.

David cried, "Help, O LORD, for the godly are fast disappearing! The faithful have vanished from the earth! Neighbors lie to each other, speaking with flattering lips and deceitful hearts. May the LORD cut off their flattering lips and silence their boastful tongues. They say, 'We will lie to our hearts' content. Our lips are our own-who can stop us?'_" (Psalm 12:1-4).

Jeremiah prophesied, "_'Beware of your neighbor! Don't even trust your brother! For brother takes advantage of brother, and friend slanders friend. They all fool and defraud each other; no one tells the truth. With practiced tongues they tell lies; they wear themselves out with all their sinning. They pile lie upon lie and utterly refuse to acknowledge me,' says the LORD. Therefore, this is what the LORD of Heaven's Armies says: 'See, I will melt them down in a crucible and test them like metal'_" (Jeremiah 9:4-7).

When we turn our lives over to God, we should try to give him our trust as well. He understands that this will be hard. Our trust in God can be absolute. Trust in people should be cautious; it should only be placed in those who have proven themselves trustworthy.

Trust is only as worthy as its object; trust in God is always a wise bet.


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