“Those who trust in Your name will trust in You, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:10 (NIV)
We see and hear the word trust all the time. It is on our money, “In God We Trust”. It is in our judicial system, in the form of justice, and we trust that justice will be done. We teach our children and even our pets to trust us. And in marriage, we learn to trust one another with the most important things in our daily lives.
“Just trust me!” is a very common phrase among friends and politicians alike. But do we always take them seriously? Is trust the emotion or foundation we bestow on those closest to us? Trust is earned, not simply granted. We, as human beings, tend to trust once the person or entity we are to trust has demonstrated their worthiness, their soundness, as someone who can be depended on. But when we do choose to trust, we open ourselves up to the possibility of betrayal and failings, of those we trust showing us that they are just as human as we are.
The times we live in really stretch our ability to trust. We see our government leaders not doing the things we would expect them to do to protect our nation, and our trust levels decrease. We look at those whose cultures and appearance are different from ours, and we judge them as untrustworthy people and avoid them. We suspect everyone around us, and we live with that uneasiness that permeates every good thing in our lives, making us miserable and discontent. Our lack of trust becomes apparent and disconcerting to those who have placed their trust in us. We become ineffective as a witness for Christ, and are painfully restricted in the performance of His work for the kingdom of God.
Is it a sin to not trust? Of course not. When a person has continually demonstrated that they are not trustworthy, we would be foolish to continue to trust them with the important things. However, that does not mean we shut them off as family members or as friends. We encourage their learning and development, and by living in a trustworthy manner ourselves, we become the example to them. When lack of trust becomes a sin is when we refuse to trust God. When we pull ourselves so far out of reach of trusting Him that we shut ourselves down, and we stop being the Christians we are to be, then we are in the throes of sin.
God is to be trusted, in all things. And because He is the author of trust, we also trust His Word, and His Son. Jesus is the epitome of trustworthiness. What He says He will do. What He promised He will deliver. We have no cause to never trust Him. When things look bad, when we cannot see a good end, we trust Him. And when we do, we can look back and see what He was doing, who He used to do it, how He did it, and why He did it that way. This realization of His power, His intent, and His grace will reinforce our trust in Him.
“In God We Trust”. This must be our inherent belief day in and day out. Our world will not be recovering from its current state. Don’t get me wrong! We still must work for Christ. We must be the light in a dark world. As God’s messengers, as Christ’s hands and feet, we can still make life better for countless people world-wide, simply by showing love, and by sharing His timeless message. Though we live in the end times, we have the ability through Him to bring peace and comfort, to be strong and enduring, to finish the race well.
Jesus is Our Hope. He is trust. He will never leave us or forsake us. He will always hold our hands, leading and guiding us.
Put your trust in Him today. If you do not know Him as your Savior, I beseech you, pray and follow Him. Ask Him into your heart. And then let Him change your life in a radical way. You will learn to trust again, and you will become trustworthy as a result. In Jesus we find hope. He has promised it. And what He promises He delivers.
“The LORD’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in Him.” Psalm 32:10
Are you finding it more and more difficult to trust people around you day by day? Are current events and daily news reports filling you with fear? Please comment and let me pray for you. We are better together!