“Put no trust in a neighbor; have no confidence in a friend; guard the doors of your mouth from her who lies in your arms … But as for me, I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.” (Micah 7:5,7)
Having faithful friends is great. But even our best friends may at some point disappoint us. The prophet Micah was living in a besieged city where human relationships were put to the extreme test. This was such a harsh time that even family members turned into enemies. Micah sighs that “the godly has perished from the earth, and there is no one upright among mankind; they all lie in wait for blood, and each hunts the other with a net.” (Micah 7:2)
In such a context, Micah’s advice to have no confidence in a friend makes perfect sense. But, he continues, there is One whom we can trust under any circumstances. The Lord God will never deceive us; He is the God of our salvation. Psalm 146 is about the same theme: “Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation … Blessed is he … whose hope is in the LORD his God”.
Of course, we may enjoy human friendships. But our ultimate trust and hope should always be in God.
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