UPWARD CALL
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but this is my one aim:
to forget everything that's behind, and to strain every nerve to go after what lies ahead.
I press on toward the finish line, where the prize waiting for me is the upward call of God
IN KING JESUS.
(Philippians 3:13-14)
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by – Stuart H. Pouliot
July 21, 2019
Jesus is Trust
Many years ago, when I was gainfully employed, I found myself in a situation that was so severe for me
personally that, depending on how it was resolved, I could have lost my job and my career have been
ruined. It was a crisis for me and others. Throughout this crisis there was one man who was a calming
influence over an investigation that proceeded for several months. I was tempted to put my trust in him
until, one day, the Lord spoke to my heart in the way that only He can; it was like a bright light shining in
a dark place. He spoke the following word through Jeremiah the prophet.
Blessed be the person who trusts [ batach ] in Yahweh, and Yahweh is his trust [ mibtach ]. (Jeremiah
17:7 LEB [bold italic added)
Over the ensuing months, I prayed this verse numerous times. When my heart would begin to sink, I would
declare it out loud. Even when things seemed to be going better, I would continue to declare it, for I did
not want to give my heart over to trusting man in good or bad times. The good news is that I did not lose
my job, but instead was promoted to a position that, for many years prior, I had longed to achieve. I had
learned a vital lesson: We need to trust the Lord Jesus in all things, both good and bad.
However, part two of the verse continues to mean the most to me. It is one thing to trust in the Lord,
knowing that He is more than capable of bringing us through our trial, but it is a much greater lesson when
we see that our trust is the Lord Himself. Jesus is Trust , or as the above verse says, Yahweh is his trust .
He is trust just as much as He is the way, the truth, the life, and the resurrection, and everything from
Alpha to Omega. A point I have made elsewhere is Yahweh has become our Yeshua and Yeshua is our
Jesus.
In the above verse, the first trust comes from the Hebrew word batach , which means "properly to hie for
refuge; figuratively to trust , be confident or sure: - be bold (confident, secure, sure), careless, put
confidence, (make to) hope, (put, make to) trust." The second trust comes from the Hebrew word mibtach ,
which means "properly a refuge , that is, (objectively) security , or (subjectively) assurance: - confidence,
hope, sure, trust." (Source: Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible )
So, the first use of the word trust means that we are to have confidence in the Lord, and the second use
of the word trust means that the Lord is our very refuge. Some translations use the word hope in the first
incidence and the word confidence in the second. Interestingly, I have not found one translation that uses
the word refuge . Rotherham's Emphasized Bible states: Blessed is the man who trusteth in Yahweh, to
whom Yahweh is his ground of confidence . The Concordant Version states: Blessed is the master who trusts
in Yahweh so that Yahweh comes to be his trust .
I rather like the way the last translation puts it, for it implies a process. As we put our trust in the Lord, we
come to realize that the whole matter of trust is not some esoteric concept but actually a person. For us
who believe in this day, our trust is the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is our refuge, and He is our
trust. In other words, it is more than trusting in His ability; He alone is trust.
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Those who know Christ as trust are blessed, which means that they are benefited. For he will be like a tree
planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its
leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit .
Jeremiah lived during tumultuous times for Judah and Jerusalem. It was not easy, especially for the young
prophet who was often reviled for what the Lord called him to speak forth. Using the metaphor of a
planted tree and yielding fruit even in times of a drought, Jeremiah declares to us even today that one
whose trust is the Lord will not only survive the rough times but will flourish. Such a one will not be anxious
but instead will be strong and bear fruit. This should remind us of Paul's words: Be anxious for nothing,
but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God
(Philippians 4:6). I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity;
in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having
abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me (Philippians 4:12-13).
Paul was a lot like Jeremiah in the suffering that he experienced for the sake of the ecclesia. Paul knew
where his trust and confidence were: Christ Jesus our hope (1 Timothy 1:1).
Now, take note of what happens to one who does not make the Lord his trust: Cursed is the man who
trusts in mankind and makes flesh his strength, and whose heart turns away from the LORD. For he will be
like a bush in the desert and will not see when prosperity comes, but will live in stony wastes in the
wilderness, a land of salt without inhabitant . If we place our trust in others, who, by the way, are just like
us, making the flesh of man our hope or confidence and, in so doing, turn our hearts away from the Lord,
then we will not flourish but instead be like a dried-up bush in the desert.
What first prompted me to consider this word from Jeremiah was the global financial crisis that was
unfolding from 2007-2008. At the time, I was not sure how events would unfold, but it was clear that many
people were looking for the leaders of world governments and financial systems to resolve the crisis.
Simply, the world was looking to men to bring the world economy back from the brink of collapse. During
this period, listening to news coverage of all that had transpired, it became clear that many continued to
put their trust in mankind, the leaders of flesh. Many continued to look to men that they called "bright,
smart, and intelligent," and, by the way, these men were not shy about agreeing with this assessment of
their ability. It is as if the many were saying "government will bail me out," "government will give me
entitlements to make my life better," and "government will take from the rich to share the wealth with
me." Simply, "the government will take care of me; it is my savior."
In 2019, the financial picture is looking very much better, at least outwardly. But this does not mean we
should put our trust in this beast-like system. Besides, trillions of dollars of debt are unsustainable! It is
still a house built on sand, and, at the Father's appointed time, the ground will move and it will fall. What
if conditions continue on for a while or get even better for another season, does this mean that we, as
Christians, are to change our attitude and turn from the Lord as our trust? May it not be coming to that!
Where are the world leaders that declare it is time to turn to the Almighty God, the one true God for His
guidance? Who is declaring that there is only one rightful king over the nations, and His name is Yeshua-
Jesus, the one who saves? What leader is calling for the world to consider its condition before God? Let
us not look to these leaders, regardless of their party, as if they are our savior. There is only one Savior
and one King! It is time to lay hold of our trust, to make King Jesus our refuge before it is too late.
Oh, people of God, blessed are the ones who know Jesus as their trust .