Where do you fall in the preceding verses? We know that our Creator intended us to be God-dependent creatures. Instead, our first parents chose independence and here we are. Trust in ourselves (man) comes quite naturally to us. How has that worked out in our world? Perhaps the Lord is on to something when He continually calls us to trust Him, to be God-dependent.
How do we change the object of our trust? First, “he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Heb 11:6) We then engage with Him in the Word and learn His wisdom, His will, and His ways. In these, we will come to the desire to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Prov 3:5-6) Yes, the Lord will lead us by His Word and by His Spirit. Are we willing?
You might be one who puts your confidence in princes. In Biblical times the nation of Israel would forsake God and go their own way. When the inevitable consequences came knocking at the door, the people expected their king to deliver them. Or sometimes even foreign pagan nations would be summoned for help. They would put their trust in government.
Since the cultural revolution in 1960’s, our country has witnessed a steady march away from trusting in the Lord to an almost maniacal, even worshipful confidence in princes. As God has become ever smaller, in the hearts of the people, the government has grown exponentially. And so many are too deceived to recognize such. But then, the surest and most destructive fact about deception is that it is so deceiving.
Who do you trust?
I can tell you this:
Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help,
Whose hope is in the LORD his God,
Who made heaven and earth,
The sea, and all that is in them;
Who keeps truth forever,
Who executes justice for the oppressed,
Who gives food to the hungry.
The LORD gives freedom to the prisoners.
The LORD opens the eyes of the blind;
The LORD raises those who are bowed down;
The LORD loves the righteous.
The LORD watches over the strangers;
He relieves the fatherless and widow;
But the way of the wicked He turns upside down.
The LORD shall reign forever—
Your God, O Zion, to all generations.
Praise the LORD! (Psalm 146:5-10)