Dependence on Man Will Lead to Disappointments

Psalm 146:3-4

“Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.”

Is it not very common that people depend on one another? Children depend on their parents, but when their parents become old, they in turn depend on their children. Likewise, we see servants depending on their masters for their livelihood, and their masters depending on their servants for the maintenance of the house.

The poor depend on the rich, while the rich depend on the poor for help in their farms, businesses, etc. No man can progress on his own. We all need help from others. However, no matter how powerful those whom we trust may be (like princes), they too are mere mortal men who soon become weak, helpless and ultimately die. When their breath ceases, they return to the earth as they are buried. All their plans and promises to help others who depend on them will also perish when they become weak and die.

We should never become too reliant on people, because they will soon be incapable of rendering help to us. Those who depend on man, instead of putting their trust in the Lord, will be terribly disappointed. We must remember always that even when people fail, God will be our help. Man is too frail to be our support always. God alone is safe to be trusted.

Prabhudas Koshy