Summary: This sermon shows what occurs when we rely completly on Jesus Christ. Trusting Him to take care of our needs so that we can serve Him.
Trust In The Lord
This week I have thought a lot about what I actually put my trust in. Have you ever thought about what you put your trust in? I have and you know something a lot of things we put our trust in will one day let us down.
I put my trust in pets. I trust that they want bite me when I am doctoring on them or petting them. I will reach down and take their food bowl away from them while they are eating trusting that they want bite me. Have you ever really thought about what they really are? They are wild animals that have been domesticated for a long period of time? When the fail and slip back into instinct we are surprised. They work on pack instinct. As long as I am seen as the pack leader ever thing is great but once I show a weakness then it is over with. My control is gone and I had better not trust them anymore.
I put my trust in the technology all around me just each and every one of do. We get up in the mornings and flip a switch and trust that the lights will come on. We get in our cars and trucks and turn a switch and trust that it will crank. Technology is all around us and we just expect or trust that it will work. But we fail to remember that this is all man made and eventually they are going to fail us. Yet it never fails that we continue to place our trust in technology. We even trust that technology will keep us safe and protect us from harm today. Eventually we will be disappointed because it is man made and it will fail.
I trust family and friends. Don’t we all? Yet they also at time fail us. At times the trust we place in family members is abused. There are times that even the best of families fight and argue. They attack each other with a vengeance from years of perceived slights, abuses and injustices. They say hurtful things that break every ones hearts. You feel like you can never forgive them. But eventually you do and you once more place your trust in them. We forget that all of us are human. We fail at times and when we fail we always someone often times the very ones we love the most. What is the old saying “If you can’t trust your family who can you trust?” Well this saying may not be true all the time but I can tell you who you can trust every single moment of every single day of our lives and that is Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior He will never fail you.
I have been pondering a story of a weak sickly man. The man was so sick and he could not afford going to town to the doctor. The man lived in the deep back woods in an old log cabin, his condition seemed to grow worse. Out in front of his cabin was a huge boulder. The rock was massive in front of his place. One night in a very real vision, God told him to go out there and push the huge rock all day long, day after day. The man got up early in the morning, and with great excitement he pushed the rock until lunch, then he rested a while and pushed the rock until supper time.
The man loved pushing against the rock, it gave him meaning. The dream was so real that it was with great excitement he pushed against the rock.
Day after day he pushed. Day rolled into week, and week into months, he faithfully pushed against the rock. After 8 months of pushing the rock, the weak sickly man was getting tired of pushing the rock so much, in his tiredness he started to doubt his dream. So one day he measured from his porch to the rock, and after daily pushing the rock, he would measure to see how much he had moved the rock. After two weeks of pushing and measuring, he realized he had not moved the boulder not a 1/32 of an inch? As a matter of fact, the boulder was in the same place as when he
started. The man was so disappointed, he thought the dream was so special and now after 9 months he saw his work had accomplished nothing, he was tired and his dream seemed dashed upon the rock. The man sat on his porch and cried and cried, he had invested many hundred hours into nothing. Nothing, it was all nothing! As the sun was sitting in the west, Jesus came and sat down next to the man as he cried. Jesus said, "Son, why are you crying?" The man replied, "Lord, You know how sick and weak I am, and then this dumb dream gave me a false hope and I have pushed with all that was within me for over 9 months, and that dumb old rock is right where it was when I started." Jesus was kind and said to him, "I never told you to move the rock, I told you to push against the rock." The man replied, "Yes, Sir, that was the dream." Jesus told the man to step in front of the mirror and look at himself. As an act of obedience the man stepped in front of a mirror and looked at himself. The man was amazed, he had been so sickly and weak, and what he saw in the mirror was a strong muscular man. The man realized that he had not been coughing all night. The man started thinking of how well he felt for several months and the strength that he