Proverbs 25: King James Bible
Unfaithful – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty five, Verse 19
19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Unfaithful
Have you ever experienced the pain that results from trying to eat with a broken tooth? How about having to get somewhere on foot, after having twisted your ankle? Evidently, such is the feeling on trying to rely on an unfaithful person during a time of trouble.
There are different contexts throughout the Word of God, when talking about someone being unfaithful. Here, the context would be having to depend on someone who is unreliable to come through for us during a period of some sort of duress.
Having that context in mind, what would an unfaithful man be? Let’s break it down, not so that we can pick apart others to see who we’d be able to rely on or not, but to make an evaluation as to whether or not there are things in our own lives that we might want to keep in check.
Someone unfaithful during a time of trouble is the last person you’d want to have to depend on. There is no ease of mind or any comfort, because you know that you are relying on someone who won’t come through.
An unfaithful man might not have your best interests at heart at all, and is quick to back down when things might get a bit thick. They have a very low threshold for what they’re willing to do for anyone else but themselves.
Someone that is unfaithful can’t be trusted to tell you the truth. If something happens while you’re having to depend n this person, he would rather lie about what happened to cover his own rear end, than tell the truth so you could resolve the matter properly.
Instead, you’d have to go down a rabbit hole, just to later discover that the unfaithful person lied to you. Especially in the workplace, so much goes into tracking down problems to try to avoid a recurrence, that someone lying about something they failed can cost both time and a whole lot of money. All to save face without caring about the consequences.
Unfaithful people that you try to depend on during a time of trouble will tell you they’re going to do one thing, and will wind up doing something completely different. They might not do what they said they were going to do at all, and instead do what was right in their own eyes, assuming they knew better than the one who sent them.
Another characteristic of someone who is unfaithful in this context, is untimeliness. When they say they’re going to be an hour, they’re four hours late. When they say they’ll have something done by Thursday, they get it done the following Monday.
There are many other traits that tag along an unfaithful person that you’d need to deal with, but I think by now we’re getting the picture. Sure, you may finally get to your destination when forced to do so with a wounded foot, but it’ll be painful, and it’ll take you much longer than if you had two feet in good condition.
What kind of person would others see you as? Would they consider you to be a faithful person to rely on should they wind up in a position of having to depend on you? Or, would they ask for your help as if they were swallowing a very large and horribly tasting pill, knowing that you’ll be unfaithful to come through the way they’d need you to?
Man will always disappoint, there’s no question about that. There is only one who we can rely on who is always faithful, and that’s the Lord himself.
However, we control our own behavior and actions, which determine whether or not we get the reputation of being faithful or unfaithful. Sure, we’re not perfect, but we can at least do our best to be as faithful as possible to those who depend on us.
Jesus teaches us to go the extra mile for others. There’s no room for unfaithfulness when we’re doing what he tells us to do in his Word.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 25: King James Bible
14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. 15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. 17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. 18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.
19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. 20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. 21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. 23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: 27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. 29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
Thank you for this great verse, and for all of your instruction in your Word. Help us to be more faithful to you and what you will for us to do, and also as it relates to our interactions with others. If we have a tendency to be unfaithful in anything, help us all to overcome, and begin to prove to those around us that we are faithful stewards of the Lord, and faithful toward those who require our aid. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever been in the position where your reliance rested in the hands of an unfaithful person?