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"A Mistake"

September 10, 2009

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Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust is a wonderful thing if the person you trust is trustworthy.

The young woman first met 23-year-old "Chris" at a Detroit casino. His real name was Terrance McCoy.

On April 24th, they went out for dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings®. Since it was a date, Chris said he should pay for the meal. "The only problem is," he said, "I left my wallet in your car." Actually, his wallet was in his pocket.

Chris asked his date for the keys to her car so he could get his wallet. Actually, he wanted the keys so he could steal her Chevrolet Impala.

Before she knew what had happened, the young lady from Ferndale, Michigan, found herself

· stood up in the restaurant.
· with an unpaid dinner bill.
· with no car to get home.

The only happy part of the entire story is Chris was quickly caught. You see, he had sent a picture of himself to the young lady's cell phone, along with his home telephone number.

Trust is a wonderful thing if the person you trust is trustworthy.

While most of us may not have been taken for a ride as quickly as the woman in this Associated Press story, most of us must admit to having been conned by a charlatan or two.

We invest ourselves, our faith, and our trust in someone who is not worthy of it. When we realize what has happened, we are emotionally embarrassed and mentally battered.

Thankfully, we also know someone who can be trusted. Absolutely. Totally. 100 percent of the time. Jesus' sacrifice of Himself to save us from sin, death, and devil gives proof of His level of commitment.

When He says He loves us, He means it. When He says He is with us, you can be sure He is present at our side. When Jesus says we can call upon Him, trust in Him, rely on Him, and believe in Him, well, we can. Friends, in a world filled with people like Chris, Jesus' commitment counts for a lot.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, I give thanks Your Word is solid and Your promise is reliable. Send Your Holy Spirit upon me so that I may be faithful to You. This I pray in Your Name. Amen.


In Christ I remain His servant and yours,


Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries

Today's Bible Readings: 2 Chronicles 27-28    Acts 19:1-20

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