Trust the Lord More Than Any Human Being

Trust the Lord More Than Any Human Being

Did you know that the Bible tells us that it’s far better to trust in the Lord than to put our trust in any human being—no matter who they are?  Let’s turn to the Bible.

Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord.  For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when good comes, but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land which is not inhabited.  (Jer 17:5-6) 

This passage warns us that a person who trusts in a human being rather than trusting in God, has departed from the Lord!  It also clearly says that such a person will be like a parched shrub in a desert who couldn’t recognize good when he saw it.  Furthermore, it forecasts that this unbeliever will continue to live alone in the wilderness.  What a bleak prospect for anyone!

It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.  It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.  (Ps 118:8-9)  Not even princes or kings should be trusted in preference to the Lord.  God is the only Being who is truly good and who has ultimate, unending power.

Do not trust in a friend; do not put your confidence in a companion; guard the doors of your mouth from her who lies in your bosom.  For son dishonors father, daughter rises against her mother, daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own household.  Therefore I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.  (Mic 7:5-7)  This passage even counsels us to distrust our own loved ones before we would distrust God.  It further advises us to wait for God’s salvation, knowing that God always hears our prayers.

These are very serious admonitions which we should heed if we want to be true followers of Jesus Christ.  May God continue to give us wisdom and insight into His Word. A day-by-day trust in the Lord that is constant and unwavering will grow our faith and our relationship with the Lord who loves each one of us! Hurray!

God’s New Thing

God’s New Thing

This is what the Lord says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”  (Isa 43:16, 18-19)

God tells us to forget the past.  He calls us to see and to join with Him in His “new thing.”  His new work is to make a road in the desert and provide streams where no one expects them!  Wow! 

He hasn’t changed in doing the impossible!  He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  (Heb 13:8)  Hallelujah!

But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”  (Mt 19:26)  Our God does impossible things.

God wants to do a new thing in each and every heart on earth, but He can only do so when He is invited in.  If you’re a believer, you’ve already given the Lord permission to work in your heart and in your life.  But God wants to continue His work; He may even want to do a new thing in you!  Are you open to Him?

We know that God speaks to mankind in various ways.  First and foremost is through His Word, the Bible.  Other ways in which He speaks to us are:

  • Through creation (Ps 19:1) – We see God’s might and vision in creation.
  • Through circumstances – Whether our life circumstances are beautiful or frightening, they demonstrate to us repeatedly that we need to rely upon God.
  • God speaks by His voice – The Bible is filled with instances of God speaking to people, and He still speaks to us now.  He may speak through His written Word; through people (pastors, other believers, strangers); or through the inner witness of our own heart.

No matter what new goal or new presentation that God may have in mind for each of us, we must always decide to yield to and obey God. 

We need to remember that His plans for us and His desires for us are good, bountiful, and uplifting.  He loves each one of us perfectly and unconditionally.  As we trust Him and yield to Him, He will turn each life into a marvel of beauty and praise.  All glory to God!