Jeremiah 17:5, “Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.”
The invalid man in John 5 left his destiny in other people’s hands. He was convinced that he could only be healed if he had someone to put him in the pool (John 5:7). Alas, the Healer stood before him and he was still expecting someone else to come and help him.
Many believers are in the state the invalid man was in. They expect human assistance in spite of having Jesus Christ in their hearts and His presence with them. People are important in your life, but they are not indispensable. The prophet Jeremiah said any man who sets God aside and depends on mere humans is cursed (Jeremiah 17:5). It is futile to put your trust in man.
God warned the children of Israel not to trust in Egypt. He stressed that the Egyptians were men and not God, and their horses flesh, not spirit (Isaiah 31:1-3). People are more likely to add to your misery than alleviate the pain when you depend on them to heal you. Job referred to his friends as “miserable comforters” when they visited him during his crisis (Job 16:1-2).
Man can contribute to your destiny, but should not control it. Man can play a part in your life, but should not own it. If God brings someone your way to help you, it is a blessing. However, your help comes from the Lord who does not slumber. He is sure to preserve your soul forever (Psalm 121:1-8). Only He remains faithful even when you are in unbelief (2 Timothy 2:13).
Prayer: “Heavenly Father, I thank you that I can trust you at all times. Hallelujah!”
Scripture Reading: John 5:1-9
Written by: Rev. Eastwood Anaba