Trusting God or the World

by John Grant

LADYBUGThus 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

Throughout history, people and nations have depended on financial, military and other worldly strengths for protection and prosperity.

The Israelites of Jeremiah’s day were no exception. They believed they could trust in their army, the diplomacy of their king, and their foreign alliances to protect them from the powerful Babylonian empire.

While they gave lip service to their trust in God, 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 discouraged?

Could it be that you are saying you trust in God but your actions indicate otherwise? God often uses other people or worldly sources 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 worldly sources, 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 for you.

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John Grant is a former Florida State Senator and is a practicing attorney
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4 Responses to Trusting God or the World

  1. Stephen Bernard says:

    A believer, as he grows in faith will always not stable. But it takes a while, for him to fully realize the fact that you cannot depend on any one else but God. By the time he would have come more than half the way in his journey of life. God definitely gives you instructions such as not to do and not to go. He would say, “Hold on to me”, “Follow me”. through His word. When you hear that, your faith is boosted. As Jesus told St. Paul, His grace is sufficient, He told me that, and now I live one day at a time in HIS GRACE. praise the Lord!
    Thank you, its inspiring. God bless you and keep you.

  2. It’s perfect time to make some plans for the future and it is time to be happy. I have read this post and if I could I want to suggest you few interesting things or suggestions. Maybe you can write next articles referring to this article. I wish to read more things about it!

  3. Douglas R. Dawson says:

    when i trust in the true source of power my LORD GOD ALMIGHTY ,i have no need of the WORLD.

  4. sobhi malas says:

    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 discouraged?

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