Better to Trust God than Man
Category : General
Proverbs 25: 14 (KJV)
14 Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.
“A treacherous man will not only fail you in distress, but will annoy you like a broken tooth or a sprained foot.” — Stuart.
This is sometimes a great evil. To trust in man and disregard God, or to repose in man the confidence that rightly belongs to God alone, is sinful and ruinous. But in some respects, it is natural and right to trust our fellow-men. We are social beings. There can be no friendship without trust.
Here we find that great stress is to be laid on the uselessness of the “broken tooth” and the “foot out of joint,” or tottering, rather than on the pain connected with them. The test of man as an object of trust. The “time of trouble” tests the faithfulness of those in whom we confide. Prosperity brings friends; adversity tests them. It is also noted that there are three kinds of trouble that tests man as an object of trust–1. Trouble in our circumstances, or loss and poverty. 2. Trouble in our reputation, or misrepresentation and slander. 3. Trouble in our character, or sin. For a truly Christian man may fall into grievous sin.
However, we see that the failure of man as an object of trust is he puts himself first. The one who trusts in his riches, or in his righteousness, or in his own heart, all which are vain and deceitful and are very dangerous.The unfaithful man in time of trial fails those who trust him. The failure of the unfaithful man in time of trial is painful to those who trust him. The attempt to use the broken tooth or dislocated joint causes suffering. So too we see that some of the keenest anguish of human souls is caused by the failure of those in whom they trusted.
The scripture makes it clear that it is not good to put confidence in any man, not in princes, nor in the best of men; much less in an unfaithful, prevaricating, and treacherous man; and especially in a time of distress and trouble, depending on his help and assistance, which is leaning on a broken reed, and trusting to a broken staff.
Let us learn and understand that the trust of man should not overshadow our trust in God. We must put God first, honor Him in all that we say and do. Above everyone and everything, we must trust in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
Have a great and God filled day!