So many of us can attest to being betrayed either by a best friend, a spouse or a loved one in someway or the other. I am not talking about major issues, but the hurt or sting of betrayal and a breach of trust.
I love how these verses constantly reminds me that I should not give so much importance and emphasis on people with a total trust, to the extent that I base my life on their judgement or their actions. I have to remember that each one is human and different in their own way. I cannot expect people to think like me or do things the way I want them to. Yes, there are times when we 'expect' to be their 'priority', but understanding that human traits only has its limitations, helps us also to forgive these instances of betrayal. In such cases, my trust is only in the Lord, and I bank on the Lord to take me through such times. Yes, the hurt is there. The sting is there. But, I urge you ... all those who go through phases of trust-issues, to lean on the Lord more and more. While people are there to support you and lead you on, always remember that it is the Lord who will lead you to the right people for help and hence it is the Lord who should be trusted.
Similar is the case with people who make promises, especially with regards to employment, politics and from people in high office. "Do this for me and I will reward you.".... Blindly believing a person or employer or seeing things only through their eyes without questioning can lead to very difficult reality checks. And then we wonder why we didn't receive the promotion or why we were sacked. Double check.... its time to trust the Lord. If such a situation has happened, its probably the Lord telling you that too much emphasis is being given on the wrong people. The Lord deserves this attention from you... not the others.
Praise God for moments of disappointments, for it's times like these that we learn why and how to trust the Lord and to grow in our fellowship with the Lord. When this happens, and we realize that we need to make changes, we can lift ourselves up, wipe the dust off our backs and move on. Praise God that that we can bank on Him totally and that He NEVER lets us down. If we don't feel that way, then it is an indication that we have to start at the beginning and learn how to lean on Him.
In trusting the Lord, we learn how to stand up for ourselves, how to forgive and how to cherish others for the way they are without the disappointments. In the bargain, we also learn how to change areas in our lives that pose as trust issues to others too likewise.
'Put no trust in princes, in mortal men in whom there is no help. Take their breath, they return to clay, and their plans that day come to nothing.'