TRUST: Do Not Turn Aside

There are more than half a million bridges in the United States, and you rely on them every day to cross obstacles like streams, valleys, and railroad tracks. The bridge purposes to carry you over some obstacle that would make travel impossible at worst and inefficient travel at best.

I do not know of any reasonable person who would turn to the left or right to go over the side of a bridge. If so, one could reasonably expect to have serious injuries or to die. Likewise, God is a bridge for us in this life. God enables us to span difficulties, hardships and sufferings. More than anything else, God, through Christ Jesus, enables us to span the chasm created by our sin and His righteousness. We would not be able to gain access to God without Christ.

King David foreshadowed this fact in Psalm 40:4. David speaks about the blessedness or happiness of the person who TRUST: Do Not Turn Aside. The reality is that our battle in this life is in whom or what will we place our faith or trust. Romans 1:17 tells us that “For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”” Furthermore, Romans 3:22 tells us that “This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile,”

Psalm 40:4

Blessed is the one
    who trusts in the Lord,
who does not look to the proud,
    to those who turn aside to false gods.

Turning aside is akin to trusting in the proud or in false gods. God says we are happy when we maintain trust in Him rather than to the proud or false gods. There is no salvation in the proud or false gods. They cannot span the ever-growing chasm of unrighteousness that is a result of our sin. Only Jesus is the atoning sacrifice for our sins. John writes “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”

Romans 10:1-4 says, “Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.”

So it is my prayer for you. I pray that you TRUST: Do Not Turn Aside.


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