“All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” 1 Peter 1:24-25
I am not an investment banker; I do not own a reddit account; I thought Robin Hood starred Kevin Costner. However, I have found these past couple of days fascinating to watch the battle over Gamestop stock. There seems to be institutional unrest in every aspect of our lives. Distrust of vaccines, the media, the election, the school board, our neighbor, the church. Across the board we have experienced an institutional distrust in every sector of society.
However, we have to place our trust in something.
Therefore, many of us have placed our trust in ourselves. That is the common thread that runs through all of these things. We cannot trust the Main Street media, but we can trust our own ability to sleuth the internet. We cannot trust Wall Street, but we can trust our own abilities to make risky bets online. We cannot trust doctors, but we will trust our knowledge about infectious diseases. We have made ourselves the bastion of our own personal truths.
Yet, if we are honest, trusting ourselves is the most fragile of all. Because we are too familiar with our own foils and follies. We know our limitations, and while we can try to hide them from others, they become apparent to us. These struggles reveal our true nature: “Adversity is a mirror that reveals one’s true self” – Ancient Chinese Proverb.
This week, I have studied every time Jesus directly quotes the Old Testament. What is interesting in all of these direct references is that most of the time He is using it while in conflict–whether being tempted by the Devil, confronted by the Sadducees or overthrowing the tables in Temple. While Jesus is confronting the institutional injustices of his time period, He puts his trust in the Word of God.
The Gospel story of God’s redeeming work throughout all of history is the only thing we can trust. For though the nations will crumble and we will wither like grass, the Word of the Lord shall remain forever.
It has comforted warriors injured in battle, it has warmed the hearts of grieving widows, it has brought stability during economic uncertainty, it has toppled governments, it has strengthened the insecure, it has offered spiritual healing during plagues. God’s Word has weathered the dark storms of many lives, bringing many people the hope they needed to just get through one more day. So, perhaps it has something to say to you today.
How can you start to place your trust not in yourself but in the Lord?
Trust in the LORD with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
6In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your body
And refreshment to your bones.