Psalm 118:8 (NKJV) It is better to trust in the LORD,Than to put confidence in man.

What an appropriate reminder as we make any decision, whether small or large! Don’t put your confidence in other people; put your trust in God, where you will never be disappointed. Yes we must have meaningful relationships with people but we should never put our utmost confidence in them in the same manner we do with God.

We have such a tremendous temptation to put our confidence in human relations, don’t we? Whether it is a doctor, who is giving us a diagnosis and treatment schedule, or an employer who is helping to mold our career track, or psychologist who is telling us how to raise our children. We have a tendency, by nature, to run to the so called “experts” with our questions and problems.

But today’s word reminds us that God says our first and greatest reliance must always be with Him. What does God’s Word say about childrearing? Where does His Word say your aspirations should be? Where does His Word say healing and health ultimately come from? The answer in today’s word places the emphasis in God.

This does not mean we are not to take advantage of current medical knowledge, or listen to employers’ advice, or ask counsel of others as we raise our children. But we must never put our utmost confidence in the imperfect advice of even the greatest of intellects, or the closest of loved ones, or the most promising of careers. There is a place in our lives and decisions making that must be exclusive to God alone.

It is better every time, in every situation, to trust in the Lord and to inquire prayerfully in His Word for direction, than to put confidence in any one person. Do your decisions reflect this truth? Again our relationships with family, friends, and fellowships are significant in our lives. But please remember nobody is to be esteemed more than our God. Have a great weekend and walk in the Confidence of God.

Prayer: Auspicious God, we thank You for having an exclusive place in our body, mind, and spirit. Even as we have the tendency to misplace the measure of our confidence in human relations, as we come to know You in a more intimate way, our lives and confidence are being transformed towards You in this moment because of Your Word, in Christ name Amen.

Elder Baker

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