Where is your confidence? Is it in your flesh, men, princes, gold and silver, or the Lord?
Is your confidence in men – Ps 118:8 – during perilous times not only can men fail you, they can turn on you. Study the Bible and history and you will see repeated instances of this. Skin for skin, yea all that a man hath will he give for his life. Joab turned on David. Demas turned back to the world and forsook Paul.
Is your confidence in princes – Ps 118:9 – lots of people are looking to the elections to remedy our problems. A country angrily divided over moral, racial, economic and political issues and living on borrowed money to give the false impression of prosperity will succumb to a man like the antichrist when it suddenly and unexpectedly goes through an economic collapse. It happened in Germany under Hitler. You cannot stop this madness politically. And God won’t be there to stop it, either. As a matter of fact, he is often behind it.
Is your confidence in riches – Job 31:24-28 – Job was certain that if he had put confidence in gold that he would have “denied the God that is above.” Agur, even though he was a self-proclaimed brute, was aware that if God had given him riches, he would have denied God, and said, “Who is the Lord?” [Prov 30:8-9a]. In Prov 23:5 we see that riches will fly away when you need them. In Prov 11:4 they profit not in the day of wrath. We find our marching orders in 1 Tim 6:17-19. We are not to trust in uncertain riches. Rather we are to be ready to distribute.
Is your confidence in the flesh – Phil 3:3 – this is the root problem with where we put our confidence. Paul was as good as they get when it comes to being a good Christian. Yet he put no confidence in his flesh. Likewise, we cannot expect that we should be such good Christians because of who we are or how we live. It is Christ in us. God is not going to show us more favor or take better care of us because we are confident in our flesh. If you believe that he will, then you will also believe that he might beat you to death over your first failure in the flesh!! Many Christians are dismal because they put their confidence in the flesh and not in the Lord. Consider what happened to Baruch in Jer 45:4-5.
Is your confidence in the Lord – Prov 3:26 – see the context in verses 24-25. When your confidence is in the Lord, you can lie down and not be afraid, you can sleep well, you don’t have to be afraid of sudden fear, and you don’t have to be afraid of the desolation of the wicked. And the desolation of the wicked is coming!! Look how confidence in the Lord helped Hezekiah and Jerusalem against Sennacherib in Is 36:4, 7, 15; 37:6, 36, etc. Consider Daniel who went into the captivity. He had a long and fruitful life in Babylon and even ended up serving the Medes and Persians. The Lord took care of him because his confidence was in the Lord. The Lord will take care of you. According to Prov 14:26 there is strong confidence in the fear of the Lord. So, fear him, not people, politicians, the news media, or any of that. Bad things have no effect on God!!!
Conclusion: You can truly rest in the Lord. He is the only one you can trust and you need to trust him fully.