If you’re the sort who believes in coincidences, that is.
I don’t know who counted all the verses and then determined which one is in the middle (whoever s/he is, s/he’s underpaid). But assuming the work is accurate, the ‘median‘ message in the Bible is, essentially, ‘trust God, not man’.
And that might also be the ‘mode‘ (most frequently occurring) message in the Bible as well:
- 2 Samuel 7:28: Sovereign Lord, you are God! Your covenant is trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant.
- 2 Kings 18:5: Hezekiah trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him.
- Psalm 40:4a: Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord
- Psalm 56:11: In God I trust and am not afraid. What can man do to me?
- Proverbs 16:20: Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.
- Jeremiah 17:5: This is what the Lord says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord.
- Isaiah 26:4: Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.
- Romans 4:5: However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.
- Revelation 22:6: The angel said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.”
I could go on, but why bother? You don’t need me to cite a long list of Scriptural evidence to know that God is trustworthy. That’s a basic, well-understood reality, and a fundamental tenet of the Christian faith that we all know already.
With our brains, anyway.
But a lot of us (myself definitely included) aren’t always good at living as though we know it in our hearts, are we? ‘Let go and let God’ is much easier said than done, isn’t it?
But we can take heart that we’re not the first well-meaning, God-loving people to have trouble putting their trust in God. There are plenty of examples of this in the Bible, but my favourite is in the story of the Aquastroll.
In Matthew 14:22-23, Peter sees Jesus walking on water and is invited out to join Him – and after an initial trust-fest, Peter doubts, sinks and needs to be rescued.
Even in that situation, with physical evidence as well as the first-hand, in-person knowledge of Jesus to rely on, Peter – the rock on which Jesus built His church, the future chief apostle, first Pope and author of several books of the Book – failed to trust God.
Jesus’ response? He reached out and caught Peter before even his belt got wet, and saved him from his own misgivings. Peter trusted a little and doubted a lot, and God loved him and blessed him, abundantly, anyway.
And we can trust that He’ll do the same for you and for me.
Peace be with you.