One of my favorite verses comes right around the middle of the Bible: “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in people.”1 The entire psalm is an expression of gratitude, admiration, joy, and praise to God, and the main point that comes across in this verse is God’s faithfulness.
When we can’t depend on others—even our family or our best friends—we know that we can always depend on God. He is infinite, omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient, and the very spirit of love. We, on the other hand, are limited, learning as we go—usually through our mistakes. Even our best intentions often go awry because we don’t know how to accomplish what we set out to do. And, to be honest, our motives are often tainted by our personal desires.
From the very first stories of the Bible, we read of a present God, an active participant in the human drama. Imagine walking through the Garden of Eden with Him,2 or meeting with Him over lunch to discuss family matters, as Abraham did!3 He also led the Hebrews through the desert,4 spoke to Moses face to face,5 and woke up the child Samuel in the night to give him a prophetic message.6 There are so many similar stories throughout the Old Testament.
Then we meet Jesus in the Gospels. He lives among His disciples, walking with them in the market, by the seashore, teaching with authority7 and love.8 Even on the cross, He demonstrates His divinity and our insufficiency.9
When asked, “Who can be saved?” Jesus replied: “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”10
Clearly, even at our very best and most shining moments, it’s still better to trust in God than to put confidence in man.
And God knew that from the very beginning! The good news is that He still walks with us today. In fact, He’s hoping to come and live with you! Jesus said, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”11
Trust Him over all your other options and you will understand the significance of the truth expressed in Psalm 118:8.