Believe it or not, I’d never watched the movie “Titanic” from start to finish. I’d seen bits and pieces here and there but never the whole movie.
I’m not a fan of movies that I know will end unhappy. I like happy endings.
On Valentine’s Day I decided to do something about that. I watched “Titanic;” well half of it. I watched the other half the next night.
As I was watching, I took note of the statements that were used to describe the Titanic; ship of dreams, unsinkable, unchallengeable supremacy, stability in strength and size and solid as a rock.
The passengers of the Titanic had put their faith and trust in the hopes that those descriptions were trustworthy. They had put their faith and trust in a man made ship, the people who had made the ship and the captain of the ship; all things and people that are fallible.
While on the ship, they went about their lives without a care in the world; certain that they would reach their planned destination. Then they ran into trouble and suddenly they were left confused, afraid, angry, disappointed and hopeless. Most of them were destroyed.
We all put our faith in something!
What do you put your faith and trust in? Do you put your faith in politicians? Your education? Your career? Marriage or spouse? Your children and their future? Money? The Stockmarket? The government? Doctors? Yourself? The list could go on and on.
There was a time that I had placed my faith in the fact that if I raised my children properly, they would never go astray. I was putting my faith in my abilities as a parent.
There have been times when I’ve put my trust in people to meet my emotional needs and to keep me happy. I have even put my faith in myself and the ability to protect myself and to meet my own needs.
In every one of those instances I ran into trouble and was left feeling confused, afraid, angry, disappointed and hopeless. Without God’s intervention, my life could have been destroyed.
Through trial and error, I’ve come to realize that putting my faith and trust in God and Him alone ultimately never ends in disappointment or devastation. Sure, I don’t always understand what God is up to, where He’s taking me or why He’s taking so long, but it is comforting to know that He knows what He’s up to, His way is always the best way and His timing is perfect. He is a sovereign God!
Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the Rock, His works are perfect, and all His ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is He.
Life is a voyage-a journey. We can always trust God to get us to our final destination in His way and on His time schedule. We will have plenty of obstacles along the way but as long as we abide in Him we are ultimately safe from destruction.
Proverbs 18:10 The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
God is unsinkable and unmovable! His supremacy is unchallengeable! He is stable! His size and strength are unmatched! He is our Rock and sure foundation!
Isaiah 26:4 Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord Himself, is the Rock eternal.
Now that is something to put your faith and trust in!
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.
Psalm 20:7-8 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.
Psalm 44:6-8 I put no trust in my bow, my sword does not bring me victory; but You give us victory over our enemies, You put our adversaries to shame. In God we make our boast all day long, and we will praise Your name forever.
Proverbs 23:4-5 Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.
Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.