Yesterday evening, we were having a walk with my best friend and just sharing on a few things that we had learnt after a very powerful bible study. The topic of the bible study was, “When You fall down, pick something up”, and one of the sub topics happened to be jealousy and envy. So we got to be asking ourselves a lot of things and in the process an interesting topic came up.
Jeremiah 17:5 says
5Thus says the LORD, “Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind
And makes flesh his strength, and whose heart turns away from the LORD.
The question that gave rise to this topic was, “what does it really mean to put your trust in man?”
You see, there are two connotations to the passage. One, when we put our trust in man, we make man our idol. You see, many times we really look up to our close friends and partners to do this or that. We really bank on so and so to help us do this and that. We put so much focus, energy, strength, hope and faith on them hoping that since we are close to them in some way, they would not let us down. Our shift focuses on looking unto God as our source and looking unto man, what then happens? God chucks, coz He can’t stand it. He is a jealous God, He does not share His glory with any man, and He hates idolatry with so much passion that on a day, thousands died and others consumed, actually over 14000 of them.
The second point is, you see, man has a tendency to want to blame someone or something for a particular failure and the like. So when something goes wrong, there is comfort in the fact that at least someone, and not necessarily you, has to answer for the purported atrocity. When we put our trust in man and man fails us, many times we turn to God and start complaining about this or that, we start blaming God and asking Him why it is only us who people find it so easy to fail us and persecute us. In doing this, are we not being very unfair to God? Furthermore, this attitude always opens a door way to the enemy and he torments us, hence being cursed.
On the contrary, blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
8 They (he/she) will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit
Let us seize from this behavior and put our trust in God. Only he knows us, only He understands our weaknesses, and He cares. Let us put our trust in Him. He will use whatever means that seems best to Him to bless us. Ok?
So from today onwards, never put your trust in man: you are cursed if you do!