May 14, 2020 Give Thanks

Psalm 147_7-9

Isaiah 46:4 God Will Sustain You

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Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. Isaiah 46:4 

Fear of being able to make it in the older age is very common among many people. Among the young people, there is very little thought given towards being elderly and survival during that time.

However, those in the forties to fifties begin to think about it more. They begin to worry about their retirement plan, where they will live, how they will take care of things, medical expenses, and more. The world has fear of being older, because they are trying to make it on their own.

Isaiah quotes God as saying He is the one who had formed Israel and will be the one to sustain them. God will carry them through it all and provide the needed salvation.

While people can be wise to prepare for their elder years, it is really God who provides what is needed. Just as fast as a retirement fund can be raised up, it can also crumble overnight to nothing. Man has very little control over the future events. He can only control himself, not outside forces.

In this way people must trust in God. Believers must trust God and follow His leading. God will lead one as to what to do with the money and materials they have, whether to invest or not. God can use a retirement fund to support a person, but He also has a billion other ways to support the person.

God is the one who really provides, not the job or retirement accounts. It is God who brings about salvation of the soul and the body, not self or others.

Each day as you are getting older, learn to put all of your trust and hope in God. Do not put your trust in self or the things and ways of this world. Everything in this world can and will fail at some point. God will never fail.

God is able to meet every need that you have in many different ways. Follow Him and His leading to know what is best for your life. What works for one person, may not work for you. God has His own plan for your life, follow it and you will be sustained when you are old and gray.

I pray today that you will know the salvation of Jesus; that you will see God’s hand of provision; that you will trust God’s provision for your life; and that you will know God’s will for your life. 

Psalm 146:3 Don’t Trust

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Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. Psalm 146:3 

Trust in people is a common thing, especially in some leaders. Leaders are often expected to be able to do their job and lead well. They are expected to lead the people in the correct way and never make a mistake.

Over time there have been some leaders who have been very great leaders. They appeared to always do what was best for those under them.

People look to their leader to do a great job. They put all of their trust in the leaders.

The author of this psalm tells the people to not put all their trust in human beings. The main reason for this is that they cannot save at all.

Every person can probably think of someone who is a great person. They appear to always do the right thing every time. Many will choose to trust and follow that person, because of what he appears to be.

Many believers in the church often fall into this same problem of trusting people. They trust some speaker or preacher with blind trust. They put that person above God’s word or His Holy Spirit.

However, no matter how good a person is, there will come a time that the person will fail, he will fall short. Humans can do a lot of good things. They can overcome some major problems in the life of someone else. They can provide a lot of help, but they cannot meet every need that a person has.

The greatest need a person has is to be saved from all sin, from the wrath of God that is to come. No person can save anyone from that, other than Jesus. All real trust must be in God, alone. God is the only One who is perfect and will never fail.

Think about where you put your greatest trust. Are you following some leader, in or out of the church? Be careful on putting trust in any person. Refocus and put all of your real trust in God. As God leads you, you can trust people.

People will fail you and it will hurt. However, God will never fail you or hurt you. Only Jesus can help you with your greatest need, to forgive you of your sins and help you live like He does, righteous before God. Put your real trust in Jesus, the real Savior of your life.

I pray today that God will open your eyes to what people are like; that you will know that you can trust God; that you will put all of your trust in Jesus; and that you will know the salvation Jesus provides. 

Psalm 124:8 The Real Help

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Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 124:8 

There are some people who think that they can do everything on their own and do not need help from anyone. However, at some point in their lives every person needs some help from someone or something. No one is able to completely do everything without the help of someone else.

Often this help is looked for in money, position, or other people. The people in this help can be individuals, groups, organizations, businesses, or even governments.

While people, governments and organizations can help some, often they fail at being able to really help. The amount that they can help is limited or temporary and often falls short of what is really needed.

The psalmist points to God for his help. He realizes that without God’s help, they would not have made it or survived.

God is the only one who is in full control of every situation that a person can go through. He is the only one who has all the power and strength needed to for a person to get through a tough situation in life.

The ultimate need for help for every person is removal of sins in order to provide eternal life. This is only done through the work of Jesus Christ upon the cross. In order to access this removal of sins, one must believe in what Jesus did for him. If He created the heavens and the earth and if He can provide the removal of sins, there is nothing that Jesus cannot do for a believer.

The world and people will fail and fall short in helping someone. Only Jesus remains forever and through every situation. He is faithful to provide what is needed in helping a person.

As a believer, when you are going through a tough situation, the first thing you must do is look to God for your help. Do not start with looking to people or organizations for help. These will fail you, but God will not.

God is waiting on you to call upon Him in your time of need. Trust that He knows what He is doing and will provide what you need when you need it. God is the only one who will remain by your side day and night, through thick and thin. He is your ultimate helper. Give Him a chance to help today.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you find the help you in need in God; that you will trust in God’s help; and that you will be a witness of God’s helping power in your life.