Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord. (Jer. 17:5)
Expanded Passage: Jeremiah 17:5-6
In the business world, training retreats are often characterized by three-legged races and trust falls with coworkers. This forced fun is no fun at all. It is far better to build trust through the practice of willing obedience and daily relationship. Social media, today’s political climate, finances, news media—all are manufactured barometers of the trust factor, and trust levels for these and other worldly institutions have been shrinking. People generally trust when the world around them is trustworthy, and these things are not.
Abraham, Daniel, Anna, Jacob, Hosea, Noah, Paul, Silas—all strived to point people not to man, but to God himself. The world around the men and women of the Bible was centered on God, who is the only one worthy of trust. We trust when we surround ourselves with faithful, credited authorities who keep our hearts focused on the Lord.
The Titanic, built by humans and perceived to be indestructible, hit an iceberg and was lost at sea. People across the country trusted banks and the government, yet those institutions are credited with causing the Great Depression. Germany’s secret code, Enigma, was broken in 1941 by British cryptologists. Man-made marvels all, explicitly trusted by others, failed. The bold confidence and security of continued trust in the character of God always engenders further trust in him. The promises of God are our inheritance.
Let your bold and confident security lie in the Lord.
Susan Gordon lives in Wadsworth, Ohio, where she enjoys riding her e-bike, walking, serving as a volunteer in her city and county parks, photography, and spending retirement making memories with her family.
© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.