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(September 24, 2002)

Someone We Can Count On

      By Fern Horst

"Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom. For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man's enemies are the men of his own house. Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me." (Micah 7:5-7)

I remember reading these verses several years ago at a time when I was lamenting not having a spouse to share my life with. As I stumbled upon these verses, I was struck with the admonition to not put one's trust in even a partner who "lieth in thy bosom." It's sad but true: for many people, their enemies are those of their own house. Divorce rates show that for many, the person they trusted the most betrayed them.

But even if one has the most loyal friends, spouse, parents, and children they could possibly hope to have, humans will always be human. Even with the best intentions, we inadvertently let down those who are closest to us. A man who promises to love and cherish his bride, will without thinking utter unkind words that hurt her deeply. He may think he will be there to protect her for the rest of her life, but an accident could claim him within a year. A woman who hopes to always provide a home of rest for her husband, may find in her menopausal years becoming difficult to live with. Parents who have hopes that their children will care for them when they're old, often realize sadly that their children's busy lives prevent them from even seeing the needs of their parents.

We have no control how others will treat us, either now or in the future. But we do know Someone who will always be trustworthy, and who will never be limited by those things which often limit us in our care of each other as humans. It is in the Lord whom this Scripture tells us to put our trust, rather than in our earthly relationships.

Does this Scripture mean to not trust those in our lives who prove themselves trustworthy? Of course not. But we must always remember their limitations as humans and realize that our reliance on them is limited. The comfort we have is that the Lord will always be with us no matter what happens. We can therefore sink our faith and trust deep into the Lord and enjoy the human relationships He gives us without fear of what the future may hold.

© 2002 Fern Horst

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