In Whom is Your Trust

Isaiah 2: 22

Stop regarding man, whose breath of life is in his nostrils; for why should he be esteemed?

The prophet Isaiah taught the futility of having our trust in a person or in mankind generally. For an even more clear recitation of this senselessness, let us look at the NIV version of this verse: “Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he?” The NIV certainly says it plainly. It is futile, senseless to put our trust in human beings. 

The language about the breath in the nostrils is a reference to the short life span of humans. Why put our trust in someone who is but a vapor; here today, tomorrow gone? The only source of true knowledge or wisdom is God Himself. We do not even live long enough to acquire any real wisdom. We can, though, borrow heavily from God who “gives (wisdom) to all men generously and without reproach” (James 1: 5). 

Now I know how I approach this verse and others like it. a part of me argues that my reliance is on God rather than on man but I have also learned by now that my quick response is not always accurate. Anytime we are confronted with a verse like this which is so instructional it really pays to slow down a moment and consider from a base perspective. That means that we need to boil down the question to the very root and see what is going on within us. So, here goes. Are we relying on the 6:00 news or the Word of God? Is my doctor’s prognosis the final say or is the Word of God? When I am in need or have a question, who do I call? Do the economic forecasters hold sway over my personal economy or do I trust God for my finances? Who has made a greater impression on my heart, terrorists or God; does fear or faith reign?

We could go on and on. The point is that every area of our lives needs examination in order to determine what or who our source of information is. Are we going to fall susceptible to everything we read on the internet and hear on the news or are we going to stand with God, rely on Him for wisdom and believe His Word? I like what the NIV translation says, what is man that we should take account of him? Here is a free piece of wisdom – only take advice from people who are getting their information from God. If God is not their source then they cannot give you viable advice. Seek God and His wisdom and all will be well.