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  • Writer's pictureBradley Sliedrecht

When Faith in Man Overshadows Trust in God: Navigating the Path of Divine Provision




In a world that often prioritizes self-reliance and human effort, it’s easy to find ourselves placing our trust more in people and systems than in the Divine. This mindset, while seemingly practical in the short term, can lead us away from recognizing and relying on God’s provision in our lives. The Bible, rich with wisdom and guidance, offers insight into the pitfalls of placing our faith solely in mankind and reminds us of the importance of trusting in God above all else.


The Foundation of Faith

Faith, in the biblical context, is described as confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see (Hebrews 11:1). This faith is directed towards God, the creator and sustainer of all things. When we shift this faith towards humans and their institutions, we stand on shaky ground. Jeremiah 17:5-6 warns, "Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord."


Humans, by nature, are fallible. We make mistakes, our knowledge is limited, and our power is finite. Relying solely on human wisdom or ability can lead to disappointment. This isn’t to say that we should isolate ourselves or reject human help; rather, it’s about recognizing the ultimate source of our help and provision.


Trusting in God’s Provision

Matthew 6:26-30 speaks beautifully to God’s care and provision, using the birds of the air and the flowers of the field as examples of His attentive care to all creation. Jesus states, if God so lovingly provides for them, wouldn’t He much more provide for us, His children? This passage invites us to a deeper trust in God, especially in times of need.


Shifting our trust from human solutions to divine provision does not absolve us from action. Instead, it means our actions are rooted in faith rather than fear, guided by prayer and discernment rather than desperation. Philippians 4:6-7 encourages us not to be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present our requests to God.


The Role of Community

While emphasizing trust in God, the Bible also speaks to the value of community and the support we can offer one another. Galatians 6:2 instructs us to bear one another's burdens, fulfilling the law of Christ. The early church acted as a vibrant example of this, sharing resources and supporting each other as needs arose (Acts 2:44-45).

Community support, underpinned by mutual faith in God, enhances our collective trust in Him. It demonstrates the tangible ways God provides through His people, prompted not by human wisdom but by divine guidance.


Navigating Life’s Challenges




Life invariably presents challenges that can shake our foundations and test our faith. In these moments, the temptation to lean solely on human understanding or intervention can be strong. Proverbs 3:5-6 offers timeless advice: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight."


Conclusion

The call to place our trust in God over man is not a call to reject human help but to prioritize our spiritual reliance on God, recognizing Him as the ultimate source of our provision and guidance. As we navigate life’s uncertainties and challenges, let us remember that while human efforts and systems can offer temporary solutions, enduring peace, security, and provision come from our unwavering trust in God. By anchoring our faith in God, we open ourselves to the fullness of His provision, guidance, and care.



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