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Trusting God First
Thus says the LORD: "Cursed is the man who
trusts in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the
Lord." (Jeremiah 17:5)
The Israelites of Jeremiah’s day believed they
could trust in their army, the diplomacy of their king, and their foreign
alliances to protect them from the powerful Babylonian empire. They gave lip
service to their trust in God, but their actions showed where their faith
really was: in their military and financial might. God spoke through Jeremiah
to warn them that He would not bless those who trusted in anyone or anything
instead of Him.
Placing your ultimate trust in anything other than
God is idolatry. How can you know if your faith is not truly in God? Ask
yourself these questions: Where do I turn when I experience a crisis? When I am
hurting or afraid, to whom do I go? When I have a financial problem, whom do I
want to tell first? Where do I seek comfort when I am under stress or
Could it be that you are saying you trust in God
but your actions indicate otherwise? God often uses other people as His method
of providing for you. Be careful lest you inadvertently misdirect your faith
toward His provision instead of toward the Provider. God may meet your need
through your friends, but ultimately your trust must be in God.
The Israelites were so stubbornly committed to trusting
in human strength instead of God that, even as the Babylonian army approached
Jerusalem, they continued to desperately seek for a person, or a nation, or an
army that could rescue them. They realized too late that they had neglected to
trust in the only One who could deliver them.
Don’t make the same mistake as the Israelites. Go
straight to the Lord when you have a need. He is the only One who can provide