For it is not an enemy who taunts me—
then I could bear it;
it is not an adversary who deals insolently with me—
then I could hide from him.
But it is you,
a man, my equal,
my companion, my familiar friend.
We used to take sweet counsel together;
within God’s house we walked in the throng.
Let death steal over them;
let them go down to Sheol alive;
for evil is in their dwelling place
and in their heart.
But I call to God,
and the Lord will save me.
Evening and morning and at noon
I utter my complaint and moan,
and he hears my voice.
He redeems my soul in safety from the battle that I wage,
for many are arrayed against me.
God will give ear and humble them,
he who is enthroned from of old,
because they do not change and do not fear God.
Psalms 55:12-19 ESV
There are so many warnings in the Bible about trusting in men. Check out this link for some of the top verses: https://www.openbible.info/topics/trusting_man
And even with all of these warnings, most of us rely on men more than we do on God. Most of us are satisfied “hearing from God” through a man once a week instead of seeking God close and personal. Even those who seek God many times fall into relying on theology and systems and denominations and traditions instead of maintaining an open dialog with God through the Holy Spirit.
I wonder how many of us take the warnings of Micah to heart:
“Put no trust in a neighbor; have no confidence in a friend; guard the doors of your mouth from her who lies in your arms; for the son treats the father with contempt, the daughter rises up against her mother, the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house. But as for me, I will look to the Lord ; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.” – Micah 7:5-7 ESV
I see men around me that I once considered friends that I know will stumble me if I walk in their paths. I see men that once tried to teach me and their apparent hypocrisy and pride, and their apparent lack of fear of God, and either their lack of mercy or of warning others of the wages of sin, and their apparent abundance of love for the world or tradition or the honor of self — leads them along cliffs that I dare not walk with them.
And even though I know these men of flesh and blood are not themselves my enemies, I fear how many might be proven as used by my true enemies?
So I look to God as my refuge and as my safe harbor. He alone is trusted to be faithful and true. Not the traditions of pagans gathered by the religious to incorporate into their celebrations – even your days and weeks and months and practices seem to all have been touched, corrupted, perverted at the hands of men who want to put God safely inside a box of their own liking.
I do understand the redeeming power of Almighty God to turn all things to good, even those things meant by the enemy for harm – but the more that I discern, the more that I examine and question my own heart. The more that I see “not quite right” in myself, the more that I see it in those around me. I am learning to hate so much of this fallen world even while learning to live those trapped in it.
And all I can do of any true redeeming value is draw closer to the Lord, serve Him through my opportunities to serve others, share this Good News, and remain steadfast awaiting His return.
Who do I trust?
God. He is not my enemy.
Or if He were, what hope would I have anyways?
So there lies my trust.