Let’s say you had a key, and you had to choose someone to give the key to for safekeeping. Who would you pick?
There was a time when my friend entrusted me with her room key and I let her down. I woke up the next morning, berating myself and apologising furiously to my friend. All of a sudden, a message popped up on my screen. It was from a senior of mine back in college- someone I had not spoken to in a year. The message was a link to a two-minute sermon entitled 'God Himself Will Keep You'. I was intrigued and clicked to listen.
The sharing was based on Jeremiah 32:40-41, which goes, "I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me. I will rejoice in doing them good, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul.”
What an amazing verse! God is promising us that He will keep us, and he makes with us an everlasting covenant. The assurance of salvation lies in a God who keeps all His promises, he will hold us fast. Immediately, it occurred to me that this great promise from God that He keeps is starkly juxtaposed with the one, simple promise I struggled to keep. Humans, reliable or otherwise, will always let us down. Since we ourselves are humans, can we then say that we trust ourselves to keep ourselves faithful to Him until the end? For me, the answer is a resounding “NO!”. How can we wake up every morning and still be 'Christian' if it not for the fact that God keeps us? And indeed He does!
Isaiah 2:22 "Stop trusting in mere humans,
who have but a breath in their nostrils.
Why hold them in esteem?"
Psalm 146:1-5 "Praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord, my soul.
I will praise the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
Do not put your trust in princes,
in human beings, who cannot save.
When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
on that very day their plans come to nothing.
Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord their God."
If the ‘key' in this story is ‘trust’, who are you giving your key to? People? Have you found that they often fail you? Or maybe you trust no one but yourself and are clinging on to that key. Can you trust yourself to keep you faithful to the Lord till the end? Isn’t it burdensome? The Lord says He will keep you, and He keeps ALL His promises. Before I go, I highly recommend listening to the lyrics of this song, ‘He Will Hold Me Fast’. Just as God walked with the Israelites 40 years through the dessert; just as God walked through the blazing furnace with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego (who had unshakeable confidence in Him), so He will walk with us, if only we would walk with Him! So perhaps it is time to surrender your key – your trust, to the One who never fails to keep his promise. Trusting Him, after all, is key. :)