Trusting in Man or God

Some people are interested or wired to associate with people “with connections” to powerful, influential, or wealthy people. They are not able to appreciate people whom they consider of lower “quality” than themselves.  James 2:4-6 has this to say: 4 doesn’t this discrimination show that your judgments are guided by evil motives? 5 Listen to me, dear brothers and sisters. Hasn’t God chosen the poor in this world to be rich in faith? Aren’t they the ones who will inherit the Kingdom he promised to those who love him? 6 But you dishonor the poor! Isn’t it the rich who oppress you and drag you into court?

To put trust and hope and faith in people, even if powerful, is futile as they will die and when they do, their plans and promises come to nothing.

Psalm 146:3-5 says:  3 Don’t put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there.4 When they breathe their last, they return to the earth, and all their plans die with them. 5 But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper, whose hope is in the Lord their God. 6 He made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them.  He keeps every promise forever. 7 He gives justice to the oppressed and food to the hungry.  The Lord frees the prisoners. 8 The Lord opens the eyes of the blind.  The Lord lifts up those who are weighed down. The Lord loves the godly.  9 The Lord protects the foreigners among us. He cares for the orphans and widows, but he frustrates the plans of the wicked.

 God will use people, powerful or not, to accomplish his purposes. But it is important to distinguish that it is God himself who is our hope. He is the Creator of people. He influences people. The help comes from God himself and the people are only his instruments.  The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord; he guides it wherever he pleases (Prov 21:1). The song “I Bow My Knee” says “I seek the Giver, not the gift”.
Here is a contrast of putting our trust in the Lord visavis people (including ourselves):

Curse when we put trust in man:

Jeremiah 17:5-8 tells us 5 This is what the Lord says: “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the Lord. 6 They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, in an uninhabited salty land. 

Blessing when we put our trust in God:

7 “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. 8 They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.

SONG: I BOW MY KNEE (Ron Kenoly)

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