Regarding God rather than man
Stop regarding man in whose nostrils is breath, for of what account is he?Isaiah 2:22 (ESV)
It can be easy to trust in others over God because we can visibly see, hear and touch them. Trusting in people can lead to disastrous consequences. However, putting your faith in God has eternal rewards.
Isaiah is speaking to those living in Jerusalem about their lack of faith in God and their dependence on man. He calls out how they relied on meaningless things and the Day of the Lord will approach sooner than they expect. Starting in Isaiah 2:20, “In that day, mankind will cast away their idols of silver and gold, which they made themselves to worship, to the moles and to the bats.”
Then in the next verse, it continues talking about those who ran away in fear of the Lord and hid in caves. They fled when God appeared to them because they depended so much on earthly things. There is nothing on this earth that compares to the might of God.
Anything we put in front of God is an idol. We tend to worship money, politicians, lust, and other temporary pleasures that will be gone once Jesus comes back. This is why we must put our trust in the Lord because only He can get us out of any predicament we will face.
True peace only comes from God. Nothing we do on this earth will satisfy us. Blindly following idols will only lead to total emptiness. We need to have a heavenly perspective and stop living for this world, but prepare ourselves for the next one. Eternity with Jesus is where our hope should lie.
If we follow people rather than God, we will face what all must face: death. However, putting our faith in God leads to everlasting freedom from sin. It leads us to joy. God will never leave us nor forsake us. If we trust in Him, and the truth of His gospel, we will find true satisfaction.
This week, pray about how you can do a better job of following Jesus rather than mankind. Set your mind on things above instead of putting your hope in the world.