“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” (Psalm 118:8-9).
To trust is to have confidence is something or someone. We can rely on the security found in that confidence. We can trust in good relationships whether they involve families, friendships or even business relationships because of the love, integrity, honesty, dedication and committed components inherent in those relationships. We can see trust evaporate like steam from a tea kettle in any relationship when any one of the many key components for trusting someone begin to falter or wane in certain situations. If our trust suffers great disappointment or complete disregard for the values inherent for having confidence in someone, we may have a very difficult time trusting in the one that has broken our trust.
Confidence in material or mechanical things can be trying at times as our confidence to trust can be lost in a moment’s time when something breaks or literally falls apart. The Scriptures warn us about even trusting in our human heart because it can fool us through fallacies through our emotions, lusts or even deceiving us with false hopes and aspirations (Jeremiah 17:9).
It is also truly amazing how many people really trust in the political world. They are so passionate about their leaders and yet their leaders may or may not keep their promises. They may or may not stay true to their own ideals and they may or may not go any contrary direction at any time. The greatest of all leaders is still human and subject to failure. Many trust in the systems of commitments, promises and in grander scale in treaties between governments and entities but all these systems and promises can be corrupted by dishonesty and human failures.
So where can we put our trust? There is a secure place for our trust. There is a place not affected by changing ideas and interests or by human failures or frailties. There is a place that is not subject to things breaking down and becoming obsolete or systems becoming cumbersome or unworkable. This place will always stand distinctly different from us as human beings, the things we make and the systems we trust in. The only place where we can securely put our trust is in our relationship with the Everlasting God.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. (James 1:17, NIV)
Suggested Reading … Psalms 118