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"Confusing"

February 22, 2007

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In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion. Psalm 71:1

There’s an old expression says you shouldn’t judge a person until you have walked a mile in his shoes. The idea is not to be harsh when judging others.

I’d like to say some folks have shoes that I don’t want to try on. I can do without wearing the shoes of the men and women who sell Peter Pan Peanut Butter.

Imagine, you go to bed knowing you are selling a quality product that is as wholesome and harmless as hotdogs, the flag, and apple pie. How would you feel waking up to hear representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warning people not to eat certain jars of your peanut butter? How would you feel finding out that salmonella from your peanut butter is presumed to have caused people to be hospitalized in New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Tennessee, and Missouri?

Your stomach would sink. You know what’s going to happen. People aren’t going to check the numbers on their peanut butter jars. Most likely, they are going to throw them away. Even worse, you assume that when they go buy peanut butter, they’re not going to buy your brand; they just might pick another brand. What you don’t know is, will they come back and if they do come back, when will that be?

Of course, you and I have our own problems, don’t we? I mean, if we can’t trust peanut butter, what can we trust? I used to trust my breakfast eggs, and then I was told eggs were bad for my cholesterol. Later, I was told that eggs have “good” cholesterol. It’s confusing. Dinah Shore used to blow me a kiss and tell me to see the USA in my Chevrolet; but now I find out that driving any car will erode the ozone layer, cause skin cancer, and contribute to global warming. Again I say, it’s confusing!

Although, I’m fairly sure that the Psalmist wasn’t thinking about such problems when he wrote the 71st Psalm, I’m more than sure that he had his very own problems. That’s why he confesses his trust in the Lord to keep him from confusion. We all need to do the same. After all, the Lord has kept all of His promises? Is there anyone who has made a greater commitment to us and kept it other than the Lord? By the Holy Spirit’s power we live our lives to, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5

THE PRAYER: Dear Heavenly Father, much of what the world holds to be true will be questioned tomorrow. Give me an extra portion of You, Holy Spirit, so that I may see clearly Your integrity, faithfulness and trustworthiness. I ask this in the Name of Your Son, my Savior. Amen.

Today's Bible Readings: Exodus 36-38    Mark 4:1-20

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