A better investment
Do not put your trust in princes, nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help. Psalms 146:3 (NKJV)
Every single one of us runs a dangerous risk. It's the risk of giving into our human tendency to trust and hope in what we can see. There's just no getting around it: Human nature will always focus on what can be seen rather than on what can't be seen. And when trouble comes our way, our initial instinct is to look to man for help instead of the Invisible God.
But that's always a bad investment. Why? Because man, no matter how well intentioned he may be, is always going to be flawed. Even when man wants to do the right thing, he doesn't always do it. There's an inherent lack in understanding, in intelligence, in resources—in more things than he's aware of. So trusting in man is bound to fail and disappoint us sooner or later because man will never live up to a perfect standard.
God gives us something better to invest our trust in…Him. He possesses everything that man doesn't: perfect understanding, perfect intelligence, perfect resources. The Lord always knows what's right for us and does what's right for us, period. And while His ways won't always seem like it at the time, in the end He always shows Himself to be perfectly faithful and true to us.
Don't put your trust in princes or in any man. Ultimately, they can't give you what you need. But plant your hopes and expectations in God, who can and will help according to what you truly need.
Faithful Father, protect us from the tendency to trust in man. May we more and more put our hope in what we can't see. Give us eyes that see You as our only sure source of security.
Think About It…
What does this passage reveal to me about God?
What does this passage reveal to me about myself?
Based on this, what changes do I need to make?
What is my prayer for today?
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. James 1:17 (NKJV)
Consistency breeds security. If you're an employer, you take comfort in knowing that you have consistent employees working for you. If your car needs to be fixed, you're going to take it to a mechanic who has consistently performed well. And if you're a coach, you'll probably draw up a play at the end of a tight game that puts the ball in the hands of your best and most consistent player.