Faith is not passive. And maturity calls for us to proactively use the resources given to us to advance God’s goodness. But we’ve become victims of misplaced trust when we put more faith in our various tools than God himself.
Isaiah reminded the people of God it was foolish to depend on the strength of human armies rather than God. And this wisdom is needed for us still today.
All too often we rely on public opinions, political movements, pop psychology, and the like to direct the course of our days. And these things might be innocent and helpful in their own right. But the problem comes when we make these tools an idol – looking to them for life instead of God.
For instance, the latest marriage advice might be very helpful for many. But it’s a mistake to assume this resource is our only means to have a better marriage. God’s power in our marriage doesn’t depend on us adopting every tip and technique offered.
Certainly, it’s also good to understand the latest market trends and how to invest our money wisely. But we err when we put our ultimate trust in the stock market or other financial institutions and not God. God’s ability to bless us does not depend on the strength of the dollar or the latest investment opportunities.
Likewise, there are many benefits to engaging in healthy discussion and debate regarding public policies and laws. But we’ve gone too far when we believe a certain law or person in office is our only hope to live life to the full. God’s provisions for our life don’t need congressional approval to be enacted.
Whatever it looks like, we will be left utterly disappointed and frustrated when we place our trust in anything or anyone other than God.
In the end, use all the tools and resources at your disposal to bring about more life and goodness. But don’t mistake these tools for God – misplacing your trust and missing the very good you seek. Keep your ultimate trust in him alone.