Whom Can You Trust?

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Who can we trust? Family members? Friends? Perhaps. But God warned Jeremiah that no matter how people might appear, He knew the truth about them. In fact, he said, “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?”

God knew this because He searches hearts and tests minds. And He warned, “Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind and makes flesh his strength” (Jeremiah 17:5-10).

This is an important insight, because we often can be guilty of unrealistic expectations of people. We can expect others to be perfect, and become surprised when they fall short.

But God reminded Jeremiah that everyone makes mistakes. We all are capable of being deceptive, appearing one way outwardly, while being quite different in our hearts. People might seem friendly and trustworthy, while privately gossiping, spreading rumors, or speaking lies.

Even those closest to us may be guilty of dealing “craftily.” The Hebrew word here also was used to refer to Jacob, as he took the birthright that belonged to his brother Esau.

God’s desire in watching and testing us is not to punish us, but rather to bless us: “even to give to each man according to his ways, according to the results of his deeds.” Sadly, though, some will not receive the blessing He has prepared because of deceit in their hearts.

So, who are we to trust? “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD and whose trust is the LORD.”

Today, remember that you always can trust in God. People may disappoint you, but God is completely faithful and trustworthy. His Word always is true, and He rewards those who trust in Him.