|Section 2: Practical Wisdom, Article 5
Trust in Yehuveh or Fear of Men
“Cursed be the man that trusteth in man,
and maketh flesh his arm,
and whose heart departeth from Yehuveh. . . .
Blessed is the man that trusteth in Yehuveh.”
Jeremiah 17:5, 7.
|hey have a good case against you,” the attorney said quietly. Jim’s heart faltered. What could “they” have? What would it mean for him? He felt a wrenching in his stomach. “They have quite a bit of evidence.” The telephone conversation ended shortly and Jim had time to consider what the|
|attorney had just told him. He took the matter to prayer. What was he to do? “In Elohim is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in Elohim. Trust in Him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before Him: Elohim is a refuge for us. Selah. Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.” With this as His instruction, Jim poured out his heart to Yehuveh. Psalms 62:7-9.
One by one, Yehuveh brought needed insights and encouraging thoughts across Jim’s mind. The battles Israel had fought and the words of three of their best kings, Asa, Jehoshaphat and Hezekiah, were fitting. “Asa cried unto Yehuveh his Elohim, and said, Yehuveh, it is nothing with Thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O Yehuveh our Elohim; for we rest on Thee, and in Thy name we go against this multitude. O Yehuveh , Thou art our Elohim; let no man prevail against Thee.” Whether with well-chosen words from this attorney, additional evidence from another source, or reassessment of evidence already gathered, Yehuveh could turn the case in any way He chose. Jim began to feel the first twinge of encouragement. He felt a little relieved and it felt nice, even if only slightly. 2 Chronicles 14:11.
Jim read on: When Jehoshaphat and Israel were facing insurmountable odds, a gathered army “as the sand that is upon the sea shore in multitude, with horses and chariots very many,” they were greatly afraid and prayed: “O our Elohim, wilt Thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon Thee.” With incredible accuracy the words fit Jim’s feelings and this verse became his own prayer, “O my Elohim, please judge them. I have no strength against this case. Nor do I know what to do, but my eyes are on You.” With encouragement, he repeated the prayer several times before continuing to read the words Yehuveh sent through a messenger: “Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith Yehuveh unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but Elohim’s.” “Believe in Yehuveh your Elohim, so shall ye be established; believe His prophets, so shall ye prosper.” Joshua 11:4; 2 Chronicles 20:12, 15, 20.
Reading further of Hezekiah facing the armies of “Sennacherib king of Assyria,” the mightiest nation on earth at that time, Jim noted that he had encouraged himself in Yehuveh, assuring Israel: “With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is Yehuveh our Elohim to help us, and to fight our battles.” His faith brought courage to the nation, “and the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.” Jim took strength in the same thought! 2 Chronicles 32:8.
Originally Written: 23 September 2005
Latest Update: 30 January 2010
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