All through the Scriptures we see the various contrasts between the person who trusts in the Lord and the person who doesnâ€™t.Â Just look at the picture Jeremiah paints,
Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the LORD. For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, And shall not see when good comes, But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, In a salt land which is not inhabited. Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.â€ (Jer 17:5-8 NKJV)
How do I know if Iâ€™m trusting God rather than trusting man?Â I think one of the indicators is found in my prayer life.Â Where do I go first with my needs?Â Do I seek out human help or Godâ€™s help?Â Iâ€™m not saying that Iâ€™ll never need to ask a human being for help.Â Iâ€™m not saying that I canâ€™t be the answers to my own prayers by getting up and taking action. The issue is where I look for help first. Sometimes I justify my lack of trust by shooting up quick little prayers as I try to deal with a problem.Â I try to convince myself that my little â€œhelpâ€ aimed at God means I trust Him. Certainly there are situations that require a quick reaction on my part, but Iâ€™m seeing that most â€œemergencyâ€ situations are things I knew I should have been praying for all along. Consistent prayer.Â Trusting His guidance.Â This is what turns a barren desert into a well-watered, fruitful garden.