The meaning of the word “Confidence” is dependent upon how you use it. Dictionary.com gives three definitions:
- full trust; belief in the powers, trustworthiness, or reliability of a person or thing:We have every confidence in their ability to succeed.
- belief in oneself and one’s powers or abilities; self-confidence; self-reliance; assurance:His lack of confidence defeated him.
- certitude; assurance:
The first is the sense in which we look at today.
“It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.” Psalm 118:8-9 (KJB)
In the place of the phrase “trust in” of the above two verses the ESV uses the phrase “take refuge in”, and “trust” rather than “confidence”. Just for your information.
The truth of these two verses is telling us not to trust a broken vessel to hold water. All men are broken, shaken, rattled, sinners; and to trust them is similar to trusting an already badly broken vial, bottle, or jug to hold water.
Princes are supposed to be the most noble of men. However, even they fail. Governments are led by men and women who are supposed to be there to serve the people; too bad that many are there to pad their own pockets, and build their power and influence. Governments let people down.
There is only One in whom we can place our trust and that is GOD. He provides the air we breathe. He gives us every beat of our heart. He gives us every drop of rain, and knows when and where to send it.
It is better to trust in the LORD, to place all confidence in Him than to trust in any part of humanity. The Lord GOD sent us His Son to die for our sins, was buried, and He rose again. In that we can place complete confidence, faith, and trust.
I thank God for the United States of America, but as long as there is a human element to its leadership we cannot place confidence, faith, and trust in this government. We must trust God through His Son Jesus. Have a Blessed Independence Day. Believe Him.