sermonette: In Whom Do You Place Your Confidence?
Martin G. Collins
Given 07-Mar-20; Sermon #1532s; 18 minutes
The reports about the COVID-19 coronavirus by the politically motivated media are a mass of confusion. The children of Jacob have had bouts of despair and confusion throughout their history. When Moses led them out of Egyptian slavery, they were excited and filled with gratitude. But, as they became blind to God's purpose, they grumbled and fell into despair, demanding some of the creature comforts they imagined they had in Egypt. Moses, at the end of his patience, came to despair and even desired his own death. Lack of confidence in leadership led to despair, resulting in the ancient Israelites' believing God lacked a goal. The Scriptures warn us not to have confidence in self or other people, but only in God. Consequently, it is a mistake to trust the media or the leaders of nations; only God is worth of our trust. Without God's Word, we are like a ship without a rudder. When tribulations surround us, God admonishes us to bow our knees to the Father, so Christ, through the Holy Spirit, may dwell in our hearts, filling us with hope (Ephesians 3:11-19). Jeremiah 17:17 instructs us that God is our refuge in the day of disaster.
There is so much conflicting information coming out about the Corona virus that the whole world has become confused about what is true and what is false about what is real and what is fake. News is a very contagious. Is it deadly? Corona Virus is not a new disease. We persist a can of life's all about three or four years ago, and on the cans label it says Corona virus, so it will kill Corona virus. So how bad can Corona virus be? We and then I found out we have two cans of it, actually, So we are in good shape for whatever is coming here. Now they call it Covert. 19. Are you worried about the Corona virus? Are you worried about the panic that may result? What are we to believe in, what or whom are we confident? Since confidence is a matter of faith in what or who or what, or whom we placed our faith. It seems like we are replaced or confidence would certainly be an important subject falling under faith. Are you confident that the Center for Disease Control the CDC will cure the disease? Are you confident that President Trump will get it under control and stop the spread. Are you confident that the vaccine that will be developed will prevent the disease without serious side effects? One thing we can be sure of about this Corona virus is that there is nothing but confusing set of surrounding it. Confusion causes anxiety and fear and fear of the unknown, and our sense of security becomes undone if we allow it to grab hold of this. When Israelites left Egypt their adrenaline with surging and they boldly left with confidence. But as the going seemed in their minds to get dangerous, their confidence in what God had promised began to wane. There were, there were no, they were no longer certain is through what God their savior was going to do to save them, if anything, because they could not see what God was going to do next. They had no vision. And because they hadn't developed true faith in God's dependability, they had a great deal of fear and anxiety. The worrying as relates became frightened every time they felt threatened, and when God seemed to slow, did intervene, they panicked notice a principal Moses learned about confidence while leading the Children of Israel Moses and one scriptural account responds to Israel's provocation with steadfast leadership, while elsewhere in the Bible he responds to similar provocation by the Israelites with exasperation, hopelessness and even despair. An Exodus 16 and versus two and three. The Children of Israel complaint against Moses and Aaron, who had just helped God liberate them from hundreds of years of horrific slavery. Israelis pretend, ridiculously to recall desirable circumstances in Egypt, where they claim to have lacked nothing. Frustratingly, they express regret it, having been taken from the comfort of Egypt in Verse 12 Moses without hesitation, sternly chastises the Israelites were grumbling against God and assures them that they will soon have meat and bread, though the remainder of Chapter six through the remainder of Chapter 16. Moses leads calmly and Covent confidently, and the people follow him confidently for a while. Turn with me, if you will, please. To numbers. 11 numbers. 11 numbers. 11 tells us that a year later, the is relates again, demanded meat, Hearing them griping, Moses became deeply distressed. Instead of admonishing them as he did an exodus, he cries out to God in verse. 11 Numbers 11 Verse 11 So Moses said to the Lord, Why have you afflicted your servant speaking of himself? And why have and why have I not found favor in your sight that you have laid the burden of these people on me? Moses renounces responsibility for the people and in hopeless anguish contemplates the impossibility of finding meat for the people. He was looking at it from a human standpoint. Continuing on in Numbers 11 would be versus 12 and 13 verse 12. Did I conceive all these people? Did I b get them that I should say that you should say to me, carry them in your bosom as a guardian carries a nursing child toe land which you swore to their fathers. Where am I to get meat to give to all these people? For they weep all over me saying give us meat that we may eat. Sliding swiftly into utter despair, he confesses himself incapable of carrying the people any further and begs God to end his life. I was 14. I am not able to bear all these people alone because of burden is too heavy for me. If you treat me like this, please kill me here And now, if I have not found favor in your sight and do not let me see my wretchedness. So Moses seems so utterly demoralized that even when God promises to bring meat for the people, he reacts disbelieving Lee asking God if enough animals even existed for them. As if God, after all those miracles could not bring, create more, um, animals for them to eat. One clear distinction between the two instances is that an exodus the Israelites had just left Egypt, while certainly an oppressive regime, at least Egypt was unknown evil to them. They knew what to expect back in Egypt. Their future in the wilderness, however, was terrifyingly unknown, and Moses went easy on them because he considered that their fear, their fear, partially excused their disrespect. So the story in the 11th chapter of numbers is quite different. A year has lapsed during which God has unfailingly provided for their every need, and Israel's ingratitude is a nen comprehensible to Moses. Instead of confronting them as a steadfast leader, he avoids them and complains about his circumstances to God, and the goal of a strong, faithful nation that would trust in God was obscured by distractions and fear and despair defeats Moses temporarily. So God's solution was for Moses to select 70 elders to stand with him. The unite, their united stand with him assured the people that their leadership was confident in God for their protection and their provisions they are for vision and complete confidence were contagious. Moses caught some of that confidence and defeated his despair by associating with those who recognize that God's plan is good. We also come to see that our despair is born of our mistaken assumption that there is no goal, that God has no goal. And with the help of wise family and friends, we realized that the goal is still there. Even if hidden and hindered by distraction and trial or a virus, confidence involves a high degree of certainty and faith. It requires that we act in accordance with our expectations or hopes that we trust in something or someone, although we may have confidence in others to trust them within the intimate details of our lives, we should have an even greater confidence in God, and ends are standing with him as his people. And just as the ancient Israelites look back to Egypt, Christian sometimes look back to the world and its people for physical solutions to spiritually problems. Scripture condemns those who place their confidence in themselves or in un righteous people. Jesus spoke harshly against such arrogance and tells the parable of the Ferris E and the tax collector to warn against confidence in ourselves. Looked 18 Verse nine says also he Jesus spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and despised others at the same time. Now, please turn with me to Micah. Seven. Verse five. Total confidence in Another person may supercede God and eventually result in misery. If God is excluded here in Micah seven. We're going to reverse this five through seven, like seven verse five. Trust you not in a friend. Put not your confidence in a guide. Keep the doors of your mouth from her that lies in your bosom in for six for the sun. Dishonors the Father and the daughter rises up against their mother and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And man's enemies are the men from his own house. Therefore, for seven. Therefore, I will look to the Lord I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me. So it's not saying that we can't trust anybody for anything. But it's saying that in serious matters especially, we must trust in God number seven again. Therefore, I look to the Lord, which we should do of course, and I will wait for the God of my salvation, which indicates that he doesn't always answer immediately. My God will hear me. God hears the words of his people Here. Here is the prayers of his people. Confidence in one cell for another only not only takes the place of God, but it also results in disappointment and ruin In the long run, finite beings cannot bring if the fulfillment that God does only God has control over life circumstances. There there are more biblical warrant warnings about whom we place in our confidence. Many people betray a confidence, as we just saw warned in Micah seven Proverbs 20 Verse 19 says he who goes about as a tale barest reveal secrets. Therefore, do not associate with one who flatters with his lips. We're all familiar with hell. Samson's confidence in Delilah lead to his eventual capture by the philistine is into his humiliation and death. So on 1 18 versus 89 says it is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence. And, man, it is better to take refuge in God than to put confidence in princes. So we obviously shouldn't put any confidence at all in the news media, the leaders of this nation, the leaders of the world and those who are telling us all these distract, not distract, not only distracting but conflicting information about the virus. Whether the Corona we are sorry that whatever it may be, every one of them doesn't make sense. It doesn't matter who you're originator is. It's Everyone that has an opportunity will take advantage of it. I'm 65 inverse five says our God of the oh God of our salvation. You that are the confidence of all the ends of the earth. The main Hebrew were translated confidence about AJ B a. T e a ch means to be open. And this is interesting because this shows the biblical origin of the idea of confidence, because where there is nothing hidden, a person felt safe and this Hebrew word is very frequently rendered trust. You've heard of the saying fear of the unknown. Well, that's mainly where fear comes from, not knowing what is going to happen. But we are confidence being in God. We do not have to worry about what's going to happen, because only good will come of whatever God decides. Whatever his will is, please turn with me to Proverbs three and Verse 25 if we trust us, Follow sound judgment in living God's way of life. We will have mental stability, discernment and wisdom in normal life. And in that disastrous times, in other words, our lives will be in rich, safe and secure and without fear, trust that places its confidence in God will never disappoint. So here, in Proverbs three reverses 25 26 be not afraid of sudden fear. Neither of the desolation of the wicked when it comes for the Lord shall be your confidence at to guarantee to God's people and shall keep your foot from being taken. No confidence here comes from the Hebrew word Castle Hotel or something of that sort of K e c E l k e c e l. Meaning firmness, stout nous. So with God as our confidence. No one will be able to knock us down by sweeping a leg out from under us, by deceit or by lies or by confusion, because God is our confidence. Those who trust in God and will not just will not be disappointed. But those who whose confidence lies elsewhere will be brought down. So our spiritual roots must be well established in the written word of God. We must know what promises God gives us there, and he gives us many, many, many promises of confidence, trust, faith. A person without deeply rooted faith in God's truth is like a ship without a rudder. And he is swayed by every wind of doctrine or lives of any type, whether they be secular or spiritually. So the faith of the faithful remains firm among the agitations and distractions of the world because it doesn't govern itself according to the instability of the affairs of this world. But according to the promises of God, which are for all eternity, we start over to first John three in Verse 2I John three in verse 21. A confidence of where we stand with God enables us to understand that God's goodness is all around us. And we can approach God with confidence, knowing that we will not be destroyed by his wrath because of our sin, but rather will be loved and heard because of our redemption. Notice where our heart must be first John three, Who are going to read verses? 2122 23. There is 21. Beloved. If our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God and whatever we ask we received from him because we keep his commandments and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. And this is his command that we should believe on the name of Jesus Christ and love one another as he gave us commandment. So the wise discern whom they whom they may trust and are careful to be worthy of the confidence of God. No, if you'll turn with me to another Scripture. Ephesians three In verse 11 The Bible teaches the value of confidence, but neither in gold nor man, however great nor itself, but in God as revealed in Christ. And here in Ephesians three, we are going to read versus 11 and 12 in 17 18 and 19 seasons three and verse 11 according to the eternal purpose which he a purposed n g in Christ Jesus, our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. So we have a goal. We have to have a goal if we are of Christ, because the eternal purpose is our goal that Christ teaches us through his word. We have the eternal purpose in Jesus Christ. So faith in him gives us access to him. And in continuing on over 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith that you being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints, where does the breath and the length and depth and height and to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge that you might be filled with all the fullness of God. That eternal purpose guarantees us everything. Everything we would ever want. We may now we may now come confidently and boldly to the throne of grace for mercy in the name of Jesus Christ. And boldness is not rash nous and faith is not presumption. What we may come without hesitation and with an assurance that our prayers will be heard. And we should pray about such things as the viruses that hit this world, the pandemics, and ask God for protection. But he has promised us if we do these things that he has told us to do that we do not have any worry at all about what may come in this world, because only good will come from for to us either short term or long term, because that is the will of God. And whatever he does and decides is good. My question is, in whom do you place your trust and confidence? Jeremiah, 17 of her 17 says Blessed is a man that trust in the Lord and whose hope the Lord is. So do not worry about these crises and disaster is and tribulations that come because God is our confidence and he's always there, and he never, ever leaves us