We live in the age of the self-made man. We cut our own way through this world; not needing anyone or anything to aid us because we can do it all ourselves. We protect ourselves by building high walls and installing burglar alarms with outside beams. We safeguard our future by storing up riches in retirement investments that we hope will see us well into our twilight years. We try to cheat death by spending our hard earned Shekels on medical aids, wheat free diets and the latest in wrinkle free creams. We are the masters of our health, our wealth and our happiness.
And yet for all the safeguards we put in place we’re as frail today as ever before. Thugs hijack our cars. We’re murdered in our homes. The world markets are like a hungry beast swallowing up our investments; gobbling down our savings. Our medical aids don’t stave away heart attacks and accidents and cancers. Calamity, catastrophe and collapse are our constant bedfellows.
Times of trail and tribulation fall upon all men; paupers and kings alike. When doom visits you, and it will, where will you turn? Reflect upon the words of Psalm 121 as we consider 3 compelling reasons why we’re to trust in God rather than ourselves during times of trial over the next few posts,