A snake in the grass
For reading & meditation: Proverbs 16:10-20
"’ blessed is he who trusts in the Lord." (v.20) Why does the Bible put before us the idea of caution? The simple answer is because we live in a fallen world. God made the first human pair perfect in every way and put them in a beautiful garden called "Paradise." They trusted Him for everything they needed and not once did He let them down. Unfortunately, however, there was a "snake in the grass" who hatched up a plot to which they succumbed and so they were brought down to ruin. Their downfall, in turn, plunged the whole human race into chaos. Because of the Fall, life is beset with problems, especially in the matter of trust. I can’t rely entirely on nature – sometimes it rains too much or not enough. I can’t rely entirely on family or friends – sometimes they won’t or can’t help or they may help too much. Sin has struck so deeply into human relationships that it would be unwise not to recognize that at times and for a variety of reasons people may let us down. In one way or another the Fall has played havoc with this matter of trust, but we must be careful that we do not allow the failures of trust we may experience on the human level to affect our view of the Divine. You can put your trust in God without fear of ever being let down. The apostle Peter puts it like this: "’ the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame" (1 Peter 2:6). Drop your anchor into the depths of this reassuring and encouraging revelation. Whoever else you may not be able to trust – you can trust Him.
O Father, what encouragement this thought gives me: whoever else I can’t trust, I can trust You. I have heard it so many times and read it so many times; now help me take hold of it. In Jesus’ Name I Pray. Amen.