I was a struggling sophomore student in seminary who was working two jobs to make sure I could afford tuition and my daily upkeep. On this particular day, I was excited about the prospect of meeting with a benefactor who had promised to help with my tuition payments for the next semester.
Upon entering his office, I greeted him enthusiastically as he settled into his chair for our meeting. He looked at me and said he was glad to see me.
That was all the good news that came out of his mouth that afternoon.
He then proceeded to tell me about how he and the church could not help me as promised because they were having some financial troubles.
It was as if a powerful bombshell had exploded in my ears, cutting off all other sounds. I was looking at him but unable to make proper sense of everything else that he was saying to me.
In a matter of minutes, the meeting was over and I was walking out of his office and into the parking lot devastated, disappointed and filled with terror because tuition payments were due in a matter of weeks and I did not have money to pay for my classes.
I had spent money that I could have saved for tuition on other necessities because I expected him to come through for me.
I pulled into Shelbyville Road with tears running down my cheeks and an assortment of emotions running through me - anger, frustration and confusion.
What was I going to do now? I had no one who could help me with barely three weeks to school starting back up. I had put all my trust in this man and he failed me. I began crying out to God.
God was teaching me a lesson about trust. He does not want me or you to put our trust in human beings as our ultimate source of provision.
Jeremiah 17:5 says, “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the Lord.”
I had stopped looking to God to meet my needs; my heart had turned away.
After repenting and asking God for help, He used a total stranger to meet my need, confirming His word, “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him” (Jeremiah 17:7).
What are you going through or struggling with today? What issues are troubling your heart?
Are you putting your confidence in God or man?