Who Can You Trust?
If you had a valuable item that you wanted to be kept safe, whom would you trust to keep it for you? If you had a secret that you didn’t want to get out, whom would you trust not to repeat it? Sometimes, it is extremely difficult to know whom you can trust.
God’s Word has much to say about trust. During the ministry of Jeremiah, the nation of Judah was facing uncertain times. Jeremiah was faithfully preaching the Word of God to the people, but they were not interested in God’s help. They thought they could put their trust in their own abilities and their own strength. They thought they could put their trust in man. In Jeremiah 17, we find the answer to the age-old question – who can you trust?
1) You can’t trust in man.
“Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord” (Jeremiah 17:5).
People will disappoint you. People will let you down. Sometimes it is the people that are closest to us who hurt us the most. The songwriter put it this way: “The arm of flesh will fail you, Ye must not trust your own.”
2) You can’t trust yourself.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9).
Before we get frustrated and upset about others letting us down, let’s remember the times that we have failed. We’re just flesh and blood. We make mistakes. Many times we don’t even know our own hearts. We must not put our trust in ourselves. We must not trust in our own strengths and abilities. God’s Word warns us against leaning on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5).
3) You can trust in the Lord.
“Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is”
In 1956, “In God We Trust” became the official motto of the United States. These words have appeared on our coins and currency since 1864. The last stanza of our national anthem contains the words, “And this be our motto: ‘In God is our trust.’ ” Is this your motto? Do you trust in God? As Christians, we must put our trust in God. We put our trust in so many things, but God is the only One that can be fully trusted. “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God” (Psalm 20:7).