Misplaced Trust

Church camp was the highlight of my summers growing up. I went every year, and on the years that I fell between two age groups, I would go to both camps. It was awesome. Because my identical triplet brothers are only 18 months younger than I am, we often ended up at the same camp. Usually it was fine. I was bossy and they were disobedient, but for the most part they left me alone.

One summer afternoon I was minding my own business, swinging as high as my legs would take me, when my brother Michael comes running up to the playground. Eric had “fallen” from a 2nd story window, out the backside of the boy’s dorm. The dormitory was on a slope, so what would have been a two story drop was more like three. In tears, Eric makes his way to the nurse. Come to find out the boys had tied sheets together to “practice” sneaking out. Eric was the guinea pig. He trusted his brothers to make sure we has going to be okay. Unfortunately, his trust was misplaced. Eric ended up with a fractured pelvis and a long summer recuperation.

In the church camp of life we often place our trust in the wrong places. We trust that our strength will get us through, our knowledge will help us make the perfect decisions, the people we depend on will never disappoint us. We tie sheets together and jump out two story windows trusting that we are strong enough, the sheets are sturdy enough, that people will always be there to catch us. The truth is that often times our trust is misplaces. I am not saying that we should not place trust in others. I am saying that if God is not the main source of our trust, then we are bound to be disappointed and possibly broken.

Today, will you ask the Lord to teach you to trust him fully? Will you place all your trust in Him?

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”
Jeremiah 17:7-8

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