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In Whom Can We Trust?

Trust is a fragile thing in relationships. One can make a conscious decision to love another, but I believe it is much harder, if not impossible, to decide to trust them. In comparing the synonyms trust, assurance, and confidence, Dictionary.com says: “Trust implies instinctive unquestioning belief in and reliance upon something.” When trust has been broken, instinct kicks in to expect more of the same.

At the core of trust is honesty. When we are not honest with others, then we will break their trust. Once broken, trust is very difficult to repair.

Trust is a beautiful crystal glass that holds the aromatic wine of a relationship. Broken trust is that crystal glass shattered on a marble floor. We can pick up the pieces and try to put them back together, but the shards will cut us in the process. The only hope is to find a new glass; renewed trust.

But there is One we can always trust, and that is God. We may not always like what God does, but He is always true to His Word. He is the Truth incarnate and can be taken at His word. This the Psalmists knew well, and they made it a recurring theme of the Psalms. Here are just a few examples:

Those who know your name will trust in you,
for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.
Psalm 9:10 (NIV).

But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
Psalm 13:5 (NIV).

The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
Psalm 19:7 (NIV).

Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
Psalm 20:7 (NIV).

In you our fathers put their trust;
they trusted and you delivered them.
They cried to you and were saved;
in you they trusted and were not disappointed.
Psalm 22:4-5 (NIV).

The Lord is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.
My heart leaps for joy
and I will give thanks to him in song.
Psalm 28:7 (NIV).

We wait in hope for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord,
even as we put our hope in you.
Psalm 33:20-22 (NIV).

As humans, we long to trust in others, to find those on whom we can rely. But scripture tells us that the only One we can truly place our trust in is God:

It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in man.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in princes.
Psalm 118:8-9 (NIV).

Sometimes that means we must trust that God is in control even as we struggle with the broken trust of our human relationships. And when we trust in God, we know that He can renew trust that has been broken beyond repair.

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In Whom Can We Trust?

I’ve been thinking lately about trust. Dictionary.com defines the noun trust as “reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence; confident expectation of something; hope.” As a verb it is defined as “to have trust or confidence in; rely or depend on; to believe; to expect confidently; hope.”

It is a good quality for a person to be trustworthy. But to be worthy of trust a person must earn that trust. They must have integrity; if they say they will do something, they have to follow through and do it; they must be honest so that their word can be believed. But even once earned trust isn’t permanent because it is easily betrayed. Once lost, it seems it is difficult, if not impossible, to regain trust, whether you are the one who no longer trusts another or are the person who is no  longer trusted.

There is only One who has always been and will always be worthy of trust, and He knew that we humans, at our core, don’t deserve trust.

Because of the miraculous signs Jesus did in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration, many began to trust in him. But Jesus didn’t trust them, because he knew human nature.  No one needed to tell him what mankind is really like. John 2:23-25 (NLT).

It can be challenging to live in a world where we feel we can’t trust anyone. Everywhere you turn, you find that others can be dishonest and fail to follow through on promises. I’m reminded of the song “Honesty” by Billy Joel. The chorus begins:

Honesty is such a lonely word
Everyone is so untrue
Honesty is hardly ever heard
And mostly what I need from you

So where can we turn for someone to trust? To the One who can be trusted to always fulfill His wonderful promises; to the One is whom there is no deceit. During what we now call Holy Week, before the Last Supper and Good Friday, Jesus spoke these words of trust:

Jesus shouted to the crowds, “If you trust me, you are trusting not only me, but also God who sent me. For when you see me, you are seeing the one who sent me. I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark. I will not judge those who hear me but don’t obey me, for I have come to save the world and not to judge it. But all who reject me and my message will be judged on the day of judgment by the truth I have spoken. I don’t speak on my own authority. The Father who sent me has commanded me what to say and how to say it. And I know his commands lead to eternal life; so I say whatever the Father tells me to say.” John 12:44-50 (NLT).

Are you feeling discouraged because you have been let down or betrayed by someone you once trusted? Are you frustrated by the dishonesty around you? Are you disheartened by the knowledge that you have not been completely trustworthy yourself? Maybe it’s because your trust has been misplaced. As Jesus knew, humans are not trustworthy. But He is! The solution to your misplaced trust is to join Revive and the “Chorus of the Saints” in seeing clearly the One and Only who is worthy of our trust:

We the redeemed are lost again
With misplaced trust and desire to complain
But if only we’d open up our eyes
And see the beauty of our God
Who has never left our side

This is the chorus of the saints singing “Hallelujah! Our God is faithful!”

Our God is faithful and worthy of all our trust. He has proved Himself over and over, and all His promises are true. Place your trust in Him and all will be well in the end.

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