Trust in the Lord

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries3 Minutes

“Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. . .Those who trust in the Lord will possess the land.” Psalm 37:3-9 NLT

When Napoleon Bonaparte became the first consul of France in 1799, he brought hope to many throughout Europe. The continent had struggled through years of turmoil, and many hoped that Napoleon might usher in an era of peace and stability.

Composer Ludwig van Beethoven was one of those who admired Napoleon. Like many in all European nations, he was encouraged by Napoleon’s policies. As what seemed like a fitting tribute, Beethoven had written a magnificent symphony, which he had dedicated to the French leader.

But, in May 1804, he learned that Napoleon had declared himself “emperor.” His promises suddenly seemed empty. Feeling deceived, Beethoven flew into a rage, tore the title-page of the symphony, and threw it to the ground. He suddenly realized that Napoleon was “nothing more than an ordinary man.” (This symphony, called the “Eroica,” later had its public debut on this day in 1805 in Vienna, Austria.)

Many people throughout the ages have placed their hope in politicians and generals, philosophers and other personalities. But the Bible warns us that all of us are flawed. That people ultimately can disappoint.

In fact, the Bible tells us that “it is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in people” (Psalm 118:8). Others may fall short of our expectations, and do things that frustrate or disappoint us. But we can trust in God.

Today, remember to place your trust not in kings or governments, but God. Commit your needs to Him. Fill your heart and mind with His Word. And declare His promises to be true in your life. No matter what is going on in the world, or what other people might do or say, He is faithful. You can depend on Him.


Prayer: Father, thank You that You are faithful. I trust in You. I commit my life and all of my needs to You. I know that You will guide, protect, and bless me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.