Memory Verse - (July 24-31)
Our Memory Verse for this week comes from Psalm 118, where the writer tells that it is better to trust in the Lord than to trust in mankind and princes (leaders, "experts," etc). Today, people all around us mock us for trusting in God, believing His Word, and living in faith. They claim to live their lives without needing to put faith in anything. "Faith is a crutch for weak-minded people," they say, while claiming that they live their lives based on proven facts. Yet, it is impossible to live on earth by facts, because we must (as a necessity) submit ourselves constantly, everyday, to trusting and putting faith in the things around us that we cannot prove - whether putting our lives (or the lives of our children) in the hands of bus-drivers, pilots, doctors, medications, procedures, baby-sitters, leaders, bicycle manufacturers, auto companies, etc.
We see news stories every day about people's trust being broken: passengers dying because a pilot made an error of judgement, a child killed by daycare workers, a car that really wasn't safe to drive, doctors changing their minds about that "safe" medication, or leaders who betray their people once in power - yet, these same people believed, trusted, and had faith that they were in good hands. Even if you locked yourself in a house and didn't trust anything in the world, you still have to trust that your water won't kill you, your food is safe to eat, and your carbon monoxide detector isn't defective.
The truth is, we cannot prove that any of the people around us (or the infrastructure) really can keep us safe or alive and yet we trust them without even thinking about it - we put our lives daily into the hands of our fellow humankind. Faith is not something God will allow mankind to live without - He created us in such a way that we must trust innumerable things everyday on face value without "proofs." The thing that really matters then, is who and what do you trust with your life at the end of the day? Do you trust your neighbor? Do you trust leaders? Do you trust scientists? Do you trust engineers? Do you trust God?
May we put our trust in Christ - may He be the focal point of our lives today, tomorrow, and as long as we live. May the Holy Spirit testify in us and through us a simple and pure devotion to Christ and that we would not resist His direction nor shy from His conviction, but trust our lives to Him. May He inspire us to a deeper understanding of the Gospel and a deeper commitment in our witness to the world as His lights.
Our Memory Verse for this week is:
“It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.” (Palm 118:8)
Other verses to consider:
"The fear of man brings a snare, but he who trusts in the Lord will be exalted." (Proverbs 29:25)
"No one sues righteously and no one pleads honestly. They trust in confusion and speak lies; they conceive mischief and bring forth iniquity." (Isaiah 59:4)
"Since you have rejected this word and have put your trust in oppression and guile, and have relied on them, therefore this iniquity will be to you like a breach about to fall, a bulge in a high wall, whose collapse comes suddenly in an instant." (Isaiah 30:12b-13)
"Behold, you scoffers, and marvel, and perish; For I am accomplishing a work in your days, A work which you will never believe, though someone should describe it to you." (Acts 13:41)
"Thus says the Lord, 'Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind And makes flesh his strength, And whose heart turns away from the Lord.'" (Jeremiah 17:5)
"How blessed is the man who has made the Lord his trust, And has not turned to the proud, nor to those who lapse into falsehood." (Psalm 40:4)
"The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, For in God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock." (Isaiah 26:3-4)
"Indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead." (2 Corinthians 1:9)
"Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord And whose trust is the Lord." (Jeremiah 17:7)
"And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him." (Hebrews 11:6)
"It is a trustworthy statement: For if we died with Him, we will also live with Him; If we endure, we will also reign with Him; If we deny Him, He also will deny us; If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself." (2 Timothy 11-13)
"For the Scripture says, 'Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.'" (Romans 10:11)