- A politician or political party.
- Wall Street.
- Military might.
- Our net worth or economic savvy.
- Government programs.
- The second amendment.
- Popularity and fame.
- The worship of nature.
- Exercise and fitness.
- The appeal of our good looks.
- The importance of our occupation or position.
- Our national identity.
- The Supreme Court.
- Ethnicity and race.
- Science and technology.
- Any religious figure besides Jesus Christ (even those claiming to represent Him).
- Family members and friends.
In Jeremiah 3:23, the prophet writes, “Truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, and from the multitude of mountains: truly in the Lord our God is the salvation of Israel.” Jeremiah’s brethren put all their eggs in the wrong baskets. They neglected to see where true hope was found and where saving faith was to be put. Their misguided trust led to their downfall. It cannot be otherwise in any generation, including our own.
We may never say we put our trust in anything besides God, but “the proof is in the pudding.” We demonstrate what’s first and foremost to us every day, in word and deed. Ultimate deliverance from our greatest trials, struggles, and challenges comes from only one source. Jeremiah succinctly identifies it. Is that what you are trusting? If so, let’s make sure everyone who knows us knows that!