Wisdom for Fearful Times

It has been calculated that the verse that is located in the very center, or middle, of all the verses in the Bible is Psalm 118:8, “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.” You might say this truth is at the “heart” of God’s word of wisdom for these unsettled and fearful times we live in. According to Hebraic literal meanings, the verse essentially states that it is better and wiser to put one’s hope, trust, and confidence in the Lord Jesus Christ than to seek refuge in people. As I was meditating on this verse, it became evident that I am part of humanity and therefore, it is also much better to trust in God than in myself—than in my abilities and resourcefulness.

Because financial concerns, assaults on our health, environmental disasters, etc. continually feed into societal fear and desperation, it may seem an easier path to turn to those who offer immediate answers—an easy way out—rather than diligently seek the Lord and wait for his Spirit to lead us. However, this verse clearly gives an unchanging truth regardless of the conditions we find ourselves enduring: It is better and wiser to place confidence and trust in the Lord, rather than to blindly seek a seemingly safe place/answer in humanity. That is not to say that God will never lead us to take advantage of what is offered in our world; but, we must be certain we have sought and heard from Him before we mindlessly or fearfully choose secular answers to our problems.

May we practice the faithful wisdom of King David:

2 Replies to “Wisdom for Fearful Times”

  1. Hi Mary Anne- this is Wanda. I am enjoying your blog so much. Thank you for taking the time to do this. It is uplifting!

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