God didn’t create a self-sufficient man. He knew that in any way, a man should depend on Him as God knows what is best for man. Therefore man should entirely rely on God. A man should develop trust and a belief in God only.
Trust is to rely on someone or something entirely; we trust someone we believe has higher authority and power than us. It is unfortunate that man may forget his creator and trust another man or people who seem to be in high authority or power than him.
Why you should never put your trust in man?
Unfortunately, those who put their trust in man are termed as cursed, according to the Bible. Because man’s ability is always limited, 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. (Jeremiah 17: 5-6).
If the Bible compares any man who puts his trust in man as a shrub in the desert, it means that help from another man is limited. Putting trust in man will deny you seeing any good thing coming because you will lack the wisdom to do so. Just as the psalmist discovered; Give me wisdom and knowledge, Because I trust in your commands. (Psalms, 119:66).
Reasons to trust in God
This is how those who trust in God are compared to:
1. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord: And whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit. (Jeremiah, 17:7-8). On the other hand, those who trust God excel in life as they are like a tree planted by the waters. They have spread their roots on the waters and obtain their nourishment from God, and they are never afraid when trouble (heat) nor bad news.
2. Surely, the righteous will never be shaken: they will be remembered forever. They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the LORD. ( Psalms, 112:6-7).
Their leaves will always be green, meaning that they will never be in want, neither will they be anxious in scarcity but will continue yielding fruit—what a great assurance.
From the two comparisons, it remains for us to chose who we will put their trust in. The psalmist made his decision like this: 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. ( Psalms, 118:8-9).
Benefits of trusting God:
- God strengthens us when we are weak and tired. Even those who are young grow weak; young people can fall exhausted. But those who trust in the Lord for help. Will find their strength renewed. They will rise on wings like eagles; They will run and not get weary; They will walk and not grow weak. ( Isaiah 40:29-31 GNT).
- God will fight your battles for you: For the Lord, your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory. (Deuteronomy, 20:4).
- God will give you the wishes of your heart: Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4).
- You will be safe and protected: The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe. (Proverbs, 29:25).
- You will have peace: Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ, Jesus. (Philippians 4:7 NLT)
The secret of excelling in life is simply putting our trust completely in God, as those who put their trust in God have never been ashamed in life. They cried to You and were delivered; They trusted in You and were not ashamed. (Psalms, 22:5).
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