Job 15:31 What Do You Trust In?

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Let him not deceive himself by trusting what is worthless, for he will get nothing in return. Job 15:31 

Trusting in something is natural for people. They have to trust in things in order to use them. A person will trust in a chair when he sits down in it that it will not break and will hold him. People trust that other people will drive on their side of the road as they drive down the road. People trust that their boss will give them their paycheck on time.

People put their trust in things every day. How much something is trusted varies from person to person and what they trust is as numerous as the stars in the sky.

In response to Job, Eliphaz states that a person should not be deceived in trusting in something that is worthless. His reasoning is that one will not get anything in return for trusting in it. Although Eliphaz was speaking against Job, thinking Job was being self-righteous and doing wrong, he does speak some truth.

People will trust in things that really do not matter in life. They will trust that their wealth or position will provide for all of their needs. They will trust that their good deeds will cover up what they have done wrong. 

This type of thinking can also occur in the church. Some will trust that their going to church will save them. They trust that all their services of work in the church or financial giving will give them good favor with God. Others will trust that because they believed in Jesus many years ago, that they can live as they want in sin and still get into heaven. Many are trusting in the ways of this world to ‘build’ the church.

Trusting like this will cause a person to end up empty in the end. These things are worthless in light of eternity.

Your first focus and trust must be in God. Trust in salvation by the blood of Jesus is the most important thing to trust in.

The things of this world are temporary and cannot really help you or anyone else in eternity. Do not trust in your retirement or job or others for helping you into eternity. Invest into eternity by following God and doing His will on this earth. Everything else will give you nothing in return.

I pray today that you will trust in God; that you will seek God and His ways in all areas of your life; that you will know God’s will for your life; and that you will walk in His ways.

2 Corinthians 11:3 Being Deceived

“But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 11:3

Paul had brought the gospel message to the Corinthian church. At some point along the way, the people of the church started to believe things that neither Jesus nor Paul ever taught. They were led astray into some false belief while still being a part of the church.

People in a church can be led astray very easily, but it does not usually happen quickly. It usually starts with a slight change of view. It is a small change in how a scripture verse is interpreted. Then it grows from there. On the surface the interpretation sounds good and looks good, but it is still wrong and in the end brings about death and false beliefs.

Nearly everywhere you look today you see deception in churches. Some are not so noticeable such as the unspoken requirement on how to dress for church or speaking gossip as though it is a prayer request. Others accept watching and doing things that are sinful as though they are acceptable to God and because they do not really hurt the individual.

Other churches have been extremely deceived in promoting that sinful lifestyles are acceptable by God. Many are living in adultery while being leaders in a church. There are churches that promote God’s love, while forgetting His holy and righteous requirements and His hatred for sin because they also promote acceptance of sin.

Satan and the world are trying to get believers to accept their way of living. Many in the church have bought into the world’s view. Many church groups have changed their policies to accommodate sinful living in the church. They are very sincere in their love for God, but it is down the wrong path and for the wrong god.

You must keep yourself from being deceived by the devil. Stay in God’s Word continually. Pray daily and seek His Holy Spirit to guide you. Do not allow yourself to be deceived.

I pray today that God will guide you by His Holy Spirit; that you will see when deception is shown you; that you will refuse to be led astray from Jesus; that you will stayed grounded in God’s Word; and that you will draw closer to Jesus every day.