This can be somewhat of a tough subject to write about, because it’s a pretty bold statement to say that we shouldn’t trust people. But the idea is that we shouldn’t trust people over God. We shouldn’t trust the things of this world over the things of His kingdom. We have to look at it from a biblical standpoint.
The two greatest commandments in the Bible are: “Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:37-40
In John 15:12 Jesus also said this: “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”
In fact, there are tons of verses in the Bible instructing us to love people. Just think, we are instructed by Jesus Christ Himself to love everyone. And I strive to live my life hanging on to every word that Jesus says. The Lord loves us and forgives us, and He wants us to do the same for others. But loving our neighbors isn’t the problem, it’s trusting them. It’s trusting what man has to say over what God has to say. It’s trusting what man tells us to do over what God tells us to do. That is where trouble lies. What we need to understand is that God is the only one we can wholeheartedly and confidently put our trust in. His promises are so good and so pure. If you abide in Jesus, He will abide in you. (More wisdom from John 15).
Deuteronomy 31:6 says: “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”
Psalm 20:7 says: “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God.”
Psalms 56:3-4 says: “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), in God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?”
The Lord is the one who is always with us, who will never leave us, and who will never disappoint us. And we just can’t put that kind of trust in man.
Psalms 118:6-8 reads like this: “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? The Lord is for me among those who help me; Therefore I shall see my desire on those who hate me. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.”
And Psalm 146:3 says: “Do not put your trust in princes, nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help.”
We are not going to find our help here in this world. The only place to find real help is in the Lord.
Check out what Hebrews 13:6 has to say about that: “So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
In Jeremiah 17 we’re told that we’re cursed if we trust in man, and blessed if we trust in the Lord. The Lord is our strength, not the flesh.
“Thus 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
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord.” Jeremiah 17:7
Romans 8:5 tells us that we need to live according to the Spirit and not the flesh: “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.”
And Proverbs 29:25 says that we should not be fearing man, only the Lord: “The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.”
The Lord even promises to give perfect peace to those who trust in Him: “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3
This verse always warms my heart: “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalms 91:1
This just means that even though we haven’t entered the kingdom of God yet, we are still living under the shadow of our Mighty Lord while we’re in this world. Simply just by putting our faith and our trust in Jesus Christ. Now that is a solid promise that you won’t find here.
Chapter 3 in the book of Colossians is such a good one to read. The words are just so inspiring. I’m going to highlight three verses from it for you:
“Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” Colossians 3:2
“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:17
“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.” Colossians 3:23
Always keep your focus on Jesus Christ. Remember that we are not working for man, we are working for the Lord. We need to set our minds on things above, not on things here. And we need to do everything in the name of Jesus and for Jesus. We are not put on this earth to please men. We are put on this earth to please God. To serve Him, to love Him, and to abide in His word always.
I’m going to leave you with this final verse:
“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’” Isaiah 41:10
God bless you all.