Trust in God (Mark 10)


In today’s reading, there is a section where Jesus encounters a young rich man. The man asks Jesus what he has to do to inherit eternal life. Jesus’ answer is simple. After speaking on keeping the Commandments, he says “go and sell all you possess and give to the poor; and you will have treasure in heaven; and come follow Me” (10:21 NASB). However the man is unable to do as he’s told.

So what does this mean for us today? Not to become rich? Not at all! In the time of Jesus (and still somewhat today) riches were largely held to be the blessings of God. The problem in this story is that the man stopped trusting in God, but trusting in his riches.

The point is that our faith belongs in one place, and that is in God alone! Not even in his blessings. That was the message that Jesus was trying to pass along to the young man. His riches had become his god, and stop trusting in the Lord. So Jesus’ statement has nothing to do with whether we should be rich or not. Instead it is about placing our trust in Him, and following Him with our lives.

So place your trust in the Lord. He endures forever, and will not fail you. The things of this world always fade away. The grass withers, money runs out, and things never go they way they are supposed to, except with God. So my prayer is that you can find a way to trust God even more.