Misplaced Trust

“Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.” —Psalm 146:3

Ever since the curse that came as a result of Adam’s disobedience, fallen man has tried to work for all he can attain, by “the sweat of thy face” (Genesis 3:19). With regard to salvation (which is translated “help” in our text), fallen man either wants to help himself or trust in the help of other fallen men.

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Being Still

“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.” —Psalm 46:10-11

In the past few years there has been an increasing desire to “experience” God. As a result, there has been an increased production of books, videos, and audio recordings instructing the passionate saint on the methods he or she might use to “know God.”

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A Greater Than Solomon is Here

“The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.” —Luke 11:31

When contemplating the lives of some of the characters recorded in Scripture our minds can take us into a myriad of directions. Take Solomon for example. He was considered the wisest of all the kings in Israel. Yet, in multiplying wives to himself, particularly idolatrous women from distant lands, it caused his heart to turn from God so that his sin was loathsome. Our minds might tend to wander upon the thought with regard to Solomon’s ultimate salvation. The last mention of Solomon in scripture, in Nehemiah 13:26, publishes the “wise” king’s very grievous sin:

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