It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes. —Psalm 118:8–9
Whether we’re Christians or non-believers, our hearts long for a refuge. We need a place to find safety in the storms of life. We’re looking for something that can be trusted. But if we trust in mankind or leaders, we will always be disappointed. Because when those systems fail us, we’ll be left without anywhere to turn.
We need human institutions of government, family, and church. Those are God-ordained. However, we can’t trust in those institutions. And when they fail us, it can be a good thing
if it causes us to look to the Lord. God is trying to get our attention, so anything that makes us desperate for Him is a blessing.
We can’t expect systems of this world to be what only God can be and do what only He can do in our lives. But those who trust in the Lord with all their hearts will never be disappointed because He will never fail.
Make it Personal
How have the failures of human institutions caused you to turn to the Lord as your refuge?