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Who Do You Trust? - 2009-11-01

Who Do You Trust? - 2009-11-01

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Published by John Partridge
Who do you trust? Each of us make the same choice dozens of times every single day. Who is worthy of your trust?
Who do you trust? Each of us make the same choice dozens of times every single day. Who is worthy of your trust?

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“Who Do You Trust?”
November 01, 2009
Mark 12:28-34Ruth 1:1-18Psalm 146
With all of the television ads and sales flyers that we get in the mail every day, especially just before anelection, it is difficult to decide who is right. Advertisements arguing both sides may appear on your television screen one right after another. Folks who
seem
to be honest and trustworthy endorse each position and so we repeatedly ask ourselves, “Who do you trust?” It is a common question. An Internetsearch turns up over a billion results (1,070,000,000 actually). There are songs by that title by everyonefrom the Smothers Brothers (1968) to Muddy Waters (1992) and everybody in between. Johnny Carsonalong with his pal Ed McMahon hosted a game show called “Who do you trust?” from 1957-1963 whenthey left to take over the Tonight Show from Jack Paar.References to the question “Who do you trust” are easy to find because it is such a common question.“Who do you trust?” is something that we ask ourselves every day about the people we meet, the televisionwe watch, our spouses, our kids, politicians, our church, our friends and a thousand others. In order to helpus to answer this question, we can learn from the Bible (assuming of course that you trust the Bible). The passage of time hasn’t made us that different from the people of the Bible. They asked the same sorts of questions and how they answered can lead us toward a better understanding of ourselves and help us tomake better choices in the future. (
Ruth 1:1-18 )
1
In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land, and a man from Bethlehem in Judah,together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab.
2
The man's name was Elimelech, his wife's name Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to Moab and lived there.
3
Now Elimelech, Naomi's husband, died, and she was left with her two sons.
4
They married Moabitewomen, one named Orpah and the other Ruth. After they had lived there about ten years,
5
both Mahlonand Kilion also died, and Naomi was left without her two sons and her husband.
When she heard in Moab that the LORD had come to the aid of his people by providing food for them, Naomi and her daughters-in-law prepared to return home from there.
With her two daughters-in-law sheleft the place where she had been living and set out on the road that would take them back to the land of  Judah.
8
Then Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, "Go back, each of you, to your mother's home. May the LORD show kindness to you, as you have shown to your dead and to me.
9
May the LORD grant that eachof you will find rest in the home of another husband." Then she kissed them and they wept aloud 
10
and said to her, "We will go back with you to your  people." 
11
But Naomi said, "Return home, my daughters. Why would you come with me? Am I going to have anymore sons, who could become your husbands?
12
Return home, my daughters; I am too old to have another husband. Even if I thought there was still hope for me—even if I had a husband tonight and then gave birthto sons-
13
would you wait until they grew up? Would you remain unmarried for them? No, my daughters. It is more bitter for me than for you, because the LORD's hand has gone out against me!" 
14
At this they wept again. Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-law good-by, but Ruth clung to her.
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15
"Look," said Naomi, "your sister-in-law is going back to her people and her gods. Go back with her." 
16 
But Ruth replied, "Don't urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.
17 
Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me." 
18
When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her.
Without husbands or father-in-law to protect them, Orpah and Ruth had to decide who they trusted. Naomithought they would be better off returning to their families so that they might get married again and Orpahreluctantly agreed. Ruth, on the other hand, could not be persuaded to trust her own family. Somethingthat she had seen in her husband’s family was real. Something about the love shown to her by her mother-in-law or the faith that they had in their God had spoken to her in the very depths of her being. Ruth choseto trust Naomi and the God of Israel for her future, even though logically neither she nor Naomi could seehow they had any future at all.In
Psalm 146
we hear these words.
1
Praise the LORD.Praise the LORD, O my soul.
2
I will praise the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
3
Do not put your trust in princes,in mortal men, who cannot save.
4
When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;on that very day their plans come to nothing.
5
Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,whose hope is in the LORD his God,
the Maker of heaven and earth,the sea, and everything in them— the LORD, who remains faithful forever.
He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry.The LORD sets prisoners free,
8
the LORD gives sight to the blind,the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down,the LORD loves the righteous.
9
The LORD watches over the alienand sustains the fatherless and the widow,but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.
2
 
 
10
The LORD reigns forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the LORD.
Listen to this part again:
 
3
Do not put your trust in princes,in mortal men, who cannot save.
4
When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;on that very day their plans come to nothing.
5
Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,whose hope is in the LORD his God,
As we prepare to go to the polls, we are once again reminded that no government official at any level isgoing to save us. No human being can ever stay at the top of the heap forever and sooner or later everysingle one will pass from this earth. When we choose whom we will trust, we must recognize that whenwe trust in humans and in human power and in human governments, we squander our trust. The only person who never fails, who is always reliable and who will never die is God himself. Jesus speaks to thisin
Mark 12:28-34.
28
One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, "Of all the commandments, which is the most important?" 
29
"The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.
30
 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all  your strength.' 
31
The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself. 'There is no commandment greater than these." 
32
"Well said, teacher," the man replied. "You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him.
33
To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices." 
34
When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God."  And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.
If we love God with all our heart, with all our understanding (mind) and with all our strength, I cannotimagine that we could do anything other than to trust God completely.Ultimately, I don’t know if there is a completely reliable method of choosing between human beings inorder to determine which ones are the most trustworthy. I would like to say that those who walk moreclosely with God would be a good choice, but there are people who can put on a good show and who canlie so believably that we are completely fooled. As adults, we do the best we can based on the experiencesthat we have accumulated over a lifetime of trial and error. There are those unusual folks who have become masters at reading body language or who are simply gifted at being able to perceive things thatmost of us miss, but at the end of the day most of us just do the best we can.The good news is that we always know that we do not, and cannot, rely upon human beings for the most
important
things in our lives. We do not, and cannot, rely upon human beings for the most
enduring
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