Such is the destiny of all who forget God….What they trust in is fragile. What they rely on is a spider’s web. They lean on the web, but it gives way; they cling to it, but it does not hold.
Paychecks, health and relationships represent just a few things I’ve placed too much trust in. I can continue the list with government and educational systems. Each one, at some time, has disappointed me. Each one tempts me with my trust. They’re right there as part of my everyday life. I can see, touch, or experience each one. Yet, the author of the book of Job in God’s Word reminded me this morning that each of these areas is as flimsy and fragile as the giant spider’s web on my front porch. If I lean on them, they will give way. If I cling to them, they will not hold.
As I mull this over I remember how I’ve avoided removing that web for weeks. I use the reasoning that it’s catching mosquitos and flies. I also appreciate how it glistens with morning dew drops. I must admit that I’m enjoying it. I’d certainly never attempt to sit down on it though. It’s way too fragile. Holding me up is not its purpose. Only God will ever be strong enough to lean on. Only He remains truly reliable at all times and in every way. He is the only one worthy of my total confidence.
I thank God for the gift of godly leaders, paychecks, health, friends, government and educational systems. They all have significantly contributed to my life and well-being. Trusting and depending on them more than I trust and depend on God, though, is dangerous because each one will disappoint and fail me at some point. How wonderful that a simple spider’s web can serve as a reminder of the One who will never let me down.
Father, thank You for the blessings in my life. Thank You for reminding me that all these things are gifts from Your hand. Thank You that I can always trust in You knowing You are and will always be the only One who will never fail me.