Summary: What is this trust that Solomon is talking about? 1- Put your trust in the right person 2- Allow trust to bless your life 3- Show evidence of your trust
INTRO.- Trust is not easy to do in this world. The reason is because so many people betray our trust in them.
ILL.- Someone once said, “Never trust anyone who says trust me!” Or perhaps more like, “Never trust a politician who says trust me!”
Never trust a restaurant that advertises, “Mother’s good home cooking!” (but you never see many cars at that restaurant)
“Never trust someone who says, ‘I will never tell anyone else.’”
Never trust a used car salesman who says, “This is car is in good running condition.”
Never trust a preacher who says, “This sermon is not long!”
Never trust a clerk who says, “That lottery ticket is a sure winner.”
Never trust a company that writes, “The check is in the mail.”
Never trust someone who says, “I never inhaled.”
Never trust a dog owner who says, “Don’t worry. He’s never bitten anyone.”
Never trust someone who says, “Don’t call me, I’ll call you.”
Never trust someone who says, “I’ve never done anything like this before.”
Never trust someone who says, “Don’t worry. We’ll never get caught.”
Never trust someone who says, “Then turn left. You can’t miss it.”
Never trust someone who says, “I’ll take care of everything.”
Never trust a mechanic who says, “I’ll repair it and make it as good as brand new.”
Never trust a dentist who says, “This will only hurt a little.”
Never trust someone who says, “If you get this tab I’ll pay the next time.”
Never trust a drunk who says, “I only had two little drinks.”
Never trust someone who says, “I can stop any time I want.”
Never trust someone who says, “You can eat pizza for breakfast, Oreos for lunch and Chinese food for dinner and maintain your girlish figure.”
Never trust someone who says, “You will not certainly die. For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Never trust someone who says, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.”
And the list goes on and on and on. In a world of distrust, who can we trust? Solomon tells us about the one person we can always trust.
PROP.- And what is this trust that Solomon is talking about?
1- Put your trust in the right person
2- Allow trust to bless your life
3- Show evidence of your trust
I. PUT YOUR TRUST IN THE RIGHT PERSON
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.
ILL.- Golda Meir was elected Prime Minister of Israel on March 17, 1969, after serving as Minister of Labor and Foreign Minister. Israel's first and the world's third woman to hold such an office, she was described as the "Iron Lady" of Israeli politics years before the epithet became associated with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Former Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion used to call Meir "the best man in the government"; she was often portrayed as the "strong-willed, straight-talking, grey-bunned grandmother of the Jewish people.”
Golda Meir was quite a leader, but she was also something else. She said, “Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement."
TRUST YOURSELF?! Really? I do believe that we all need a certain amount of self-confidence in life, but there is also a limit to how much we can trust ourselves. The reason I say this is because of what God says in His word.
Isaiah 29:13 The Lord says: "These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men.”
Isaiah 55:7-9 “Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
It doesn’t sound like we humans can be trusted. Our human hearts are deceitful, we say one thing and do another, our worship is not sincere, we do not think or do like the God who created us. Consequently, we shouldn’t put too much confidence or trust in ourselves! When we do, we are headed for trouble.