Whom Can We Trust?
MASSIVE amounts of people are going to die from coronavirus! Never mind, MANY people will die! Never mind, SOME people will die, especially the elderly with underlying conditions. We need ventilators - MASSIVE amounts of them to save lives. Never mind, ventilators in this case are often counterproductive, but not always. You don't need to wear a face mask. You MUST wear a face mask. And so it goes. One of the famous doctors when confronted with the great inconsistencies said, "Our models are only as good as the data we put into them." Exactly! The governing authorities and so called "experts" are all human and being human we often get things wrong - especially when we are trafficking in new uncharted territory.
When it comes to "trust" only God is worthy of our full TRUST. People may even mean well, but they often get it WRONG! And then the problem is compounded by human ego. Ever been in an argument with someone and as it goes along it becomes painfully obvious that one of us is WRONG, and yet the person who is wrong refuses to give up on the argument. That is so HUMAN! It is so egocentric. It is so, well, "us". Politicians and "experts" almost never admit, "I was wrong, I completely missed it." This is too much for the human ego to take. Such a change of mind is indicative of REPENTANCE!
Isaiah 2 is speaking about the coming Day of the Lord judgment and front and center is God taking humanities EGO to task. PRIDE is the besetting sin of mankind.
Isaiah 2:11–12 (NKJV)
11 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, The haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, And the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.
12 For the day of the LORD of hosts Shall come upon everything proud and lofty, Upon everything lifted up— And it shall be brought low—
Isaiah 2:17 (NKJV)
17 The loftiness of man shall be bowed down, And the haughtiness of men shall be brought low; The LORD alone will be exalted in that day,
Rarely, do those in authority acknowledge DEPENDENCE upon God, and most certainly JESUS is almost never brought up - unless in the form of a curse word. Humanity, being full of itself tends to think we are able to overcome whatever comes our way. Good grief, MANY think we can even change the climate. Never mind Genesis 8:22 where God promises that as long as the earth remains the seasons shall not cease. I guess God was just guessing (sarcasm). But here is the problem. When people don't believe God, they in turn put tremendous stock in themselves. They turn from dependence upon God to dependence upon self. That is FOLLY!
After emphasizing the great EGO problem of mankind in Isaiah 2 the chapter ends with this exhortation:
Isaiah 2:22 (NKJV)
22 Sever yourselves from such a man, Whose breath is in his nostrils; For of what account is he?
The NASB says, “Stop regarding man”. The HCSB says, “Put no more trust in man”. Sever yourselves from such a man; that is a PROUD man who thinks he can get by without God; who seeks to operate independent of God; who puts His trust in idolatrous things. Sever yourselves from such a man “Whose breath is in his nostrils; for of what account is he?”
Who does puny man think he is? To put your stock in man and all his supposed resources is folly. The strongest of men is but ONE breath away from total inability. “Of what account is he?” In the end he can do NOTHING to help you! He can’t even help himself! The call is for people to STOP depending on human strength and to put their trust in YHWH Who alone is GREAT and Who alone is to be exalted. Don’t idolatrously put your stock in earthly might or that which mankind prides himself in. Sever all trust in mere air breathers and put your faith in the eternal Almighty God. Walk in the light of the LORD!
In 1715 king Louis the 14th of France died after a reign of 72 years. He had called himself “the Great” and was the monarch who made the famous statement “I am the state”! His court was the most magnificent in Europe. But one day he died! However, he had planned out every detail of his funeral to be as self-serving and self-exalting as his life had been. His body lay in state in a golden coffin. Orders were given that the cathedral should be very dimly lit with a lone special candle set above his coffin to dramatize his greatness. At the memorial service thousands waited in hushed silence for the service to begin. Then out of the shadows stepped the pastor. He bent down, snuffed out the candle, and said “Only God is great.”
Indeed, “Sever yourselves from such a man, Whose breath is in his nostrils; For of what account is he?”
Who is worthy of our trust? Ultimately God alone!
Jeremiah 17:5–8 (NKJV)
5 Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the LORD.
6 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.
7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD.
8 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.
Whom Can We Trust