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Summary: Even in times when life doesn’t make sense we need to place our trust in God!

Who Do You Trust?

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September 23, 2001

Introduction

In May 1995, Randy Reid, a 34-year-old construction worker, was welding on top of a nearly completed water tower outside Chicago. According to writer Melissa Ramsdell, Reid unhooked his safety gear to reach for some pipes when a metal cage slipped and bumped the scaffolding he stood on. The scaffolding tipped, and Reid lost his balance. He fell 110 feet, landing face down on a pile of dirt, just missing rocks and construction debris. A fellow worker called 911. When paramedics arrived, they found Reid conscious, moving, and complaining of a sore back. Apparently the fall didn’t cost Reid his sense of humor. As paramedics carried him on a backboard to the ambulance, Reid had one request: "Don’t drop me." (Doctors later said Reid came away from the accident with just a bruised lung.)

Q- Who do you trust?

We have trusted many people and many things:

Personal nature: We often trust our families, we have trusted our friends

Public nature: We have trusted our transportation services, We trusted our national security services, We trusted our military services

What do all of these things have in common? Sometimes they fail our trust.

We have all felt the disastrous results of failed trust within our families and by our friends. Confidences are shattered, tears are shed, feelings are hurt, trust is damaged and bitterness often grows.

We have witnessed the devastating results of national failures. Security was breached, planes were hijacked and used like missiles, lives were lost in the thousands, our nation is shaken and stunned, insecurity rises and fear grows.

Q- In times like these, who do you trust?

Body

I. God wants you to trust Him

John 14:1 – Do not let your hearts be troubled; trust in God, trust also in me.

A. Correct your focus

1. A visit to the eye doctor

2. There is a need for correct focus

Far too often in life we become completely focused on the trials and difficulties of life and we lose our focus on Christ. When Peter walked on the water with Jesus he was doing well until he took his eyes off of Jesus and looked at the waves. The same is true of us today. God can get us through the most impossible situations but we must keep our focus and trust on Him. How can we ever expect to find help and healing when we are still focused on our difficulties and not our deliverance

B. Check your faith

1. Jesus calls us to trust God

a.) Meaning of trust

1.) Webster: Basic dependence on someone or something, Belief that something will happen or someone will act is a prescribed way

2.) Trust is found in our unswerving belief that the God of Heaven will indeed work on our behalf to bring His perfect will for our lives into being

b.) The purpose of Jesus

1.) Jesus was calling the disciples to trust God through any and every circumstance of life. He was about to be crucified and they would be scattered. Jesus was telling them to trust even when they did not understand because God was still at work

2.) These words are also true for us today. As we see the horror and feel the terror of September 11th; we must stand firm in our trust in God

2. Trust can be difficult

a.) The difficulty of trust

If I were to ask you individually, most of you would very quickly say that you trust God but there are times when trust is not so simple

 Trusting God means we believe in that which we cannot see and sometimes may not understand

 Trusting God is literally against our human nature

 Trusting God means that we have to admit that we are not in control of our lives

b.) The need for trust

We need to place our trust in something or someone and we do it every day. We trust our cars to get us to our destination. We trust our employers to deliver paychecks. We trust our doctors top heals our illnesses. How much more should we trust God?

c.) The example of trust

1. Moses at the Red Sea

2. Joseph in the Pharaoh’s prison

3. David facing down Goliath

4. Jonah in the belly of the whale

5. Peter & John before the Sanhedrin

II. God blesses those who trust Him

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

A. Confess your reliance

1. Life is sometimes beyond us

Disasters strike and tragedies happen in our lives. Life can indeed be hard. Life can be uncertain. Life is beyond our control. In times like this, life is beyond our understanding. We are left with raw emotions and tough questions. Answers are beyond us as we grapple with the question of why.

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Willie Richard, Jr

commented on Aug 10, 2008

In looking for a guide to teach this scripture, I came across this message. I found it to be insiteful, informative and to the point when it comes to trusting God. Thank you Brother Dewitt.

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