If we put our trust for our well-being in a person, any person, we are putting it in the wrong place. Ultimately, our faith must be in God. To transfer that trust to a spouse or pastor or child is to put it where we will be disappointed.
In his book The Business of Heaven, C. S. Lewis wrote, “At first it is natural for a baby to take its mother’s milk without knowing its mother. It is equally natural for us to see the man who helps us without seeing Christ behind him. But we must not remain babies. We must go on to recognize the real Giver. It is madness not to. Because, if we do not, we shall be relying on human beings. And that is going to let us down. The best of them will make mistakes; all of them will die. We must be thankful to all the people who helped us. We must honor and love them. But never, never pin your whole faith on any human being.”
The author of Psalm 146 said not to trust in mortal men—even princes (v.3). Instead, he wrote, “Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God” (v.5).
God can be trusted because He always provides what He promises. He is the ultimate Giver.
I belong to the King, and He loves me, I know,
For His mercy and kindness, so free,
Are unceasingly mine wheresoever I go,
And my refuge unfailing is He. —Smith
My God shall supply all your need. —Philippians 4:19