Who Do You Trust?

Stand in awe and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed and be still. Selah. Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.

Psalms 4:4-5, KJV


Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night, with some concern pressing so heavily on your mind that you simply cannot go back to sleep? While I do not seem to have that happen nearly as often now as when I was a bit younger, I occasionally will get to thinking about something to the point where I still will lose sleep over it, even to this day.


Usually, the thing that keeps me awake is very minor, but there are other times that I get to thinking about problems that are so vast and out of my control that it robs me of my much needed rest. Last night was such a night.


I got to thinking about the state of the nation. It began with the drug problem that has become so out of hand that it is literally spilling out into the streets of just about every city and town, regardless of size. I then moved on to thinking about our national debt which is so out of control that the interest alone is costing each and every citizen over $6,000 in interest each year. For a family of four, the amount is nearly $25,000 annually! Then I got to thinking about my own personal finances and you know all to well how that line of thinking goes, especially in the middle of the night.


So, after lying awake since 3:00 AM, I finally got up this morning a little before five and started reading my Bible. That's when I came across the passage you read above. It advises us to commune with our own heart upon our beds and to be still. Then it tells us to offer the sacrifices of righteousness that are due to God and, finally, it tells us to put our trust in the LORD.


Valuable advice, I'm sure you will agree. Priceless, in fact,  if we will just have the wisdom to take it.


So, why not do just that? Why not take God up on His offer to place our trust in Him? He is the One with the wisdom to help us with the large scale problems such our national problems of debt, our local problems of crime, and our personal problems that we each deal with. It's not that we do not have a certain responsibility to do our part, but having done all we can we are then privileged with the gift of turning everything else over to God's care. Since He is the only one with the wisdom and ability to take on this monumental task, it is a pretty good offer indeed.


And when we do place our trust in Him, we no longer have to fret and toss and turn on our beds at night. All that is left for us to do at this point is to be still on our own beds as we ponder in our own hearts the peace that comes from knowing that the Someone who is truly capable of handling the world's problems, great and small, has offered to do just that. Our part is to offer those sacrifices of righteousness to Him and then to simply trust God to do the rest.


And when we trust God to do the rest, we can rest.


It's a pretty good deal, when you think about it. We can either trust in ourselves to solve the world's problems, or we can trust God. Who do you trust?