Take My Word for It

I am counting on the Lord; yes, I am counting on him. I have put my hope in his word.

Psalm 130:5 (NLT)

My coach in high school was talking to us one day about this great opportunity that had been given to him. He had received an invitation to a very special program which would enable him to purchase a high-quality professional camera for only pennies on the dollar. It was a mistake, so it was said, by the company and they had ordered too many cameras, so they needed to sell them as quickly as possible. My coach was very excited, as he had always wanted a fancy pro-style camera, but could never afford one.

The day of the event came and the coach left in excitement. At the event, the sales people demonstrated the product. It was an amazing camera with some great interchangeable lenses. It was easily worth upwards of $1,000, yet was being offered to the crowd for only $200 cash. In fact, the sales people were revving the crowd up by saying such things as, “Trust me, you won’t find a better deal anywhere else!” or “This offer is for today only.” My coach bit. He gave them the $200 and was told he’d receive the camera in the mail. When that day arrived, he quickly opened the box to discover a cheap, plastic, children’s toy camera worth about $3.95. He had been had. He was embarrassed. Of course, we laughed. Sorry, coach.

Generally, in life, when someone says “Trust me” or “take my word for it,” red flags start waving. If their case was so compelling, why do they even need to say such things? Unfortunately, when it comes to humanity, there will always be people out to cheat others through smooth-talk and empty promises.

However, when it comes to our God, we never have to worry. Not only does He say that we can trust Him, but He has proven it over and over again. Our faith isn’t in slick gimmicks or empty promises. Our faith is based upon His character and His proven track record. That’s why King David wrote, “I am counting on the Lord; yes, I am counting on him. I have put my hope in his word.” In other words, we don’t have to worry whether God will do what He promises.

So, today, and every day, thank God for His trustworthiness. Thank Him for His promises. Thank Him for the peace and hope He provides.

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