View from the pulpit

Monthly topical artices kindly supplied by a regular visiting               

speaker from Northampton: Stan Burditt.

 

 VIEW FROM THE PULPIT               September 2019

TRUST  President Trump said he asked National Security Advisor John Bolton to resign his position, on the other hand, Mr Bolton said that he had offered to resign and had not been asked to resign directly or indirectly.  There appears to have been a break down in trust between these two men.  In the UK Amber Rudd resigned from her cabinet position after 21 conservative MP’s had been expelled from the party for voting against the government.  She was not happy with that and decided to leave her position.  The BBC interviewer summarised her comments as a lack of trust in the Prime Minister to get a deal on Brexit. In the bigger picture of UK politics some parties with their own agenda have gone to law to override the governments decision to suspend parliament for 5 weeks.  The decision to leave the European Union following a referendum seems to have been lost in the mists of time and the ‘remainers’ who have varied agendas are ganging together to obstruct the UK leaving.  The debating chamber in the Houses of Parliament witnessed a disgraceful scene of yobbish behaviour and the ‘red flag’ being sung by the opposition as MP’s left the chamber.  Where does this leave the people?  Who can they trust? 

This article is being written on the anniversary of  9/11.  It does not seem 18 years since the attack on the twin towers of the World Trade Centre.  What took place then does not fade into the mists of time.  Listening to the wikipedia report on the events of that day reveals the horror and evil things that took place when those four aeroplanes were hijacked by Islamic terrorists.  Thousands of people died that day and thousands more have died since as a direct result of those atrocities.

The passengers on those aeroplanes set off to go to the airport and check in for their flights, trusting that the security measures in place would be adequate to ensure a safe flight.  Those security measures fell short of providing a safe journey for them and 265 people were killed and 19 terrorists.  The youngest passenger was two and a half years old and that young life was snatched away in a moment of evil.  The 19 hijackers trusted that forfeiting their lives in this macabre event would make them martyrs and receive the relevant rewards for their sacrifice.  They trusted in Allah and the teachings of the Koran, a trust that was totally misplaced!

Psalm 118 v 8 &9 are the central verses of the Bible and they read “It is better to trust in the LORD that to put confidence in man.  It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes”.  Confidence is a fitting description of the verb to trust, another meaning is to believe and one can observe the positive benefits socially, morally, spiritually and eternally in a trust that is well founded.  It is better to trust in the Lord.  Man will have his schemes and devices that offer prospects that appeal but more often that not promises made are like piecrusts – made to be broken!  The promises of God are yea and Amen in Christ Jesus, absolutely certain and fully trustworthy. 

Trust as a noun sets forth a legal arrangement whereby wealth, property and land can be placed in Trust for the benefit of others.  These arrangements are often revealed when a Will is read and the wishes of the deceased are carried out in favour of the beneficiaries. These Trusts are safeguarded by Trustees who are legally bound to follow the instructions of the Deed. The beneficiary freely receives out of the abundance and kindness of the testator.  Every person who believes, trusts, commits to and receives Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour are the recipients of all the blessings that God has placed for them in Christ.  

In Luke ch 18 Jesus told a parable about people who trust in themselves that they are righteous and therefore acceptable with God.  V 9 – 14 “And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.  The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.  I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.  And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying God be merciful to me a sinner.  I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted”.  The misplaced faith of the Pharisee was evident by his self righteous attitude and trusting in himself that he was good enough for God to accept him.  Whereas the attitude of the unrighteous tax collector showed repentance toward God and a trust in God that he would forgive him, he pleaded, “God forgive me a sinner”.  He went home a different man, he was justified in the sight of a holy God. 

The wise King Solomon said in Proverbs ch 3 v 5 & 6 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths”.  Salvation is not a halfhearted commitment - it is total.  Man could not devise the way of Salvation; it is God who planned this from before the Worlds were made.  Repentance from sin means turning away from that path of life that degraded, defiled and often despaired one of any good for the future.  Turning to God in faith secured the promise that no matter what path lay ahead he would direct, he would be with you and bring you to the ultimate destination of a home in Heaven.

Is your trust misplaced or in Christ?

God bless,     

 

Stan Burditt