Blessed People – Wed – 22-09-07

Have you ever participated in a trust fall? It is a team building exercise. Each member of the team takes a turn standing on a chair or table. Keeping the body straight, he or she fall backwards, trusting team members will lock arms and catch them. It builds trust. I’ve done this a couple of times with high school students in a Christian summer camp. It is uncomfortable to fall backwards off a picnic table. But my teammates lived up to my trust. I never crashed to the ground. No one on the team did.

That’s not the case for the comic character Charlie Brown. Oh, he didn’t do a trust fall. But year after year he asks Lucy to hold the football so he can run up and kick it. She always snatches it away at the last second. Lucy’s not very trustworthy.

Psalms 40:4 says, “Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.” (NIV)

In this verse, the proud are unreliable. They’re like Lucy with the football. But worse, they live without God. They follow false teachings about life and morality. They turn aside to follow something or someone other than God. Like Charlie Brown, we’d be a blockhead to trust them. So, how do you need to trust the Lord today?

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