Trusting the Lord
His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us. For in him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ And since this is true, we shouldn’t think of God as an idol designed by craftsmen from gold or silver or stone. Acts 17:27-29
From the text, the Apostle Paul told the people of Athens that each one should trust God and be dependent upon Him and not in anyone else. Everyone exercises faith both believers and unbelievers. There will be those that will trust Pharaoh over God and there will be those that will trust their possessions and wealth. “Look what happens to mighty warriors who do not trust in God. They trust their wealth instead and grow more and more bold in their wickedness” (Psalm 52:7). There will be those that will boast about their chariots and their horses (Psalm 20:7). People of every walk of life will find something that will make them feel secured and satisfied. So the tendency is to accumulate the things of the world for they believe this is what will make their lives blissful. Every day we will be confronted with decisions that reveal what or who we trust. But just like what Paul said, it is through God that “we live and move and exist.” Those who believe God and entrusted their lives to Him will always trust in God’s faithfulness. “But I am like an olive tree, thriving in the house of God. I will always trust in God’s unfailing love. I will praise you forever, O God, for what you have done” (Psalm 52:8-9). What you trust the most is what you will desire the most and what you desire the most is what you will serve. When you replace God’s preeminent position in your life with what the world seeks, you will end up seeking for more without satisfaction which will leave you empty and longing for more. Is your sense of worth and identity attached to what you possessed and have accumulated? Or is your identity and worth based on your relationship with Christ? When you seek life’s meaning and purpose outside of God’s will for your life, you will always come out empty and longing for more. “Come on, let’s try pleasure. Let’s look for the ‘good things’ in life.” But I found that this, too, was meaningless” (Ecclesiastes 2:1).