By Alexis A. Goring, Crosswalk.com
“Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing. Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God.” –Psalm 146:3-5 NIV
“I would trust her with my soul.” I heard someone say these words a few years ago when she was speaking about a friend of hers whom she held in such high regard.
Alarm bells went off in my spirit when I heard those words because I knew then and now that we should never trust another human with our soul. Only God should be trusted with our soul because He created us and He has our best interest at heart. Only God can save your soul from destruction and bless you with eternal life in an immortal body that’s perfect.
Why would anyone want to trust another human with something so valuable? We cannot take our possessions to Heaven. We can only take our character and the new life God gives our bodies. Only God can be trusted with our souls. Remember: We have an enemy who is out to kill, steal, and destroy our souls in hell (John 10:10). No human can prevent that from happening to us; only God can save our souls!
While it’s great and very important to have people in your life who you can trust, you should never trust another imperfect human (and we are all imperfect) with something as sacred as your soul. Why? Because we are mere mortals who are all sinners saved by God’s grace (Ephesians 2:8-9). We make mistakes. We have flaws. We let people down. We experience failure. We fall in and out of love with people. We have good days and bad days. We are fighting battles—visible and invisible—every day. And even the most educated, wise, and “perfect”—by the world’s standards or Christian standards—person has their faults. Even on a good day we can fall into doing bad things or make decisions that alter our life. Bottom line: We humans cannot be trusted completely no matter how much we love people because at the end of the day, we’re flawed creatures and we’re not God who is all-knowing, powerful, wise, and equipped with a love that never fails!
All of this reminds me of the Bible verse that admonishes us to not put our trust in princes, mere mortals who cannot save us. There is so much wisdom in that statement. I know that it’s easy for us to look to royalty or other well-respected authorities or famous people to represent us, to plead our cause, to fight for us, to be there for us, to take care of us. But at the end of the day, they’re just like us—flawed humans who don’t have the power to grant us eternal life in Heaven nor do they have the power to send us to hell. Why do we put our trust in these people?
Let me clarify: You do have to be able to trust people on a basic level to survive and thrive in life. But you should never trust any person so completely that you believe they’ll always be there for you and they’ll never fail because they will. And if they never leave you as a friend or spouse here on earth, when it’s their time to die they will leave you here on Earth. Because every human has an expiration date. But the good news is that God, our Eternal King, lives forever through all eternity!
So please, entrust your soul to your Maker, not mankind. He will take good care of it if you trust Him. More good news: God is the most trustworthy force in the universe!
I hope these words have encouraged your heart. May I pray for you?
Thank You for being the Lover of my soul. Thank You for always being there for me. Help me to trust you with my life, my heart, my dreams, my plans, my loved ones, and most importantly, my soul. I trust You to take good care of it and usher me into eternity with You. I love You, Lord.
In Jesus’s Name, I pray. Amen.
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Alexis A. Goring is an author, blogger, editor, photographer, trained journalist, and total foodie. She specializes in Contemporary Christian Romance (fiction) and devotionals (nonfiction). Her first devotional book, Stories and Songs of Faith: My Journey with God, was published in April 2020. Alexis hopes that her life’s work will lead people to Jesus Christ and teach them about the God who loves humankind with all of His heart. When she’s not sharing words that inspire and encourage the heart, you can find her in the kitchen cooking up something tasty, or in a café or restaurant, either dining solo or sharing a meal with loved ones. Connect with Alexis online via her website (https://alexisagoring.
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