Give me a word, Lord: TRUST

Psalm 5:11-12 Let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread your protection over them, that all who love your name may be filled with joy. For you bless the godly, O Lord; you surround them with your shield of love.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. 

Psalm 63:7-8 Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you; your strong right hand holds me securely.

Trust is defined by Miriam Webster “to place confidence in someone or something and to be confident: HOPE.” As humans, trust is sometimes hard to earn, hard to keep, and it is even more difficult to get back once it is lost. Unfortunately, our human nature is bound up in sin. Although, for the most part, we try to deal honestly and treat others righteously, from time to time we falter because we are human. We aren’t perfect. We all make mistakes. When someone we loves does something so completely opposite of what we believe that person should do, we lose our trust in that person. That person becomes untrustworthy, and once a person has become untrustworthy in our eyes, it takes a lot of work for that person to regain the trust that was lost. Yet, our gracious God gives us a heart that is capable of forgiving and a brain that is capable of forgetting when we learn to place our trust fully in Him.

It is not only people that we have trust issues with. Life in general is filled with roadblocks that cause distrust. I am a very logical person. I think things through. I plan. I want to see the end result. I want to know that in my world 2 + 2 will always equal 4. It should, right? I love it when everything works out just like it is supposed to work out, however, that is not the reality of life. Life gets in the way of the equation. People get in the way of the equation. Things happen that cause us to fret. I like predictability, but I have learned that life is totally unpredictable. No matter how well I plan my future, I know that I must be prepared for a change of plans at any moment.

So how then do we deal with our issues of trust when everything is life seems unworthy of our trust? Ah, my friend, that is when we go back to the definition of trust: to place confidence in someone or something and to be confident: HOPE. But wait a minute! I just reminded us all that we can’t trust anything of this world. We can’t seem to place complete confidence in someone or something with confidence can we? Pay attention to the last word of that definition: HOPE. That is the key to our trust issues. We must remain hopeful. Yes, we can remain hopeful in humanity, and many times humanity won’t fail us, but there is One in whom we can place complete hope and trust in: our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Unlike our human family and friends, Jesus has made promise after promise, and He has never ever broken even one single promise. He lived a perfect, sinless life in human form, and He did the incomprehensible when He took on all of our sins that day on the cross. He did this greatest act of unconditional love for you and for me, and because He graciously suffered and died for our sins and resurrected on the third day just as He promised, we can place complete faith and trust in Him.

For God has said, “I will never fail you.  I will never abandon you.” So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear.  What can mere people do to me?” Hebrews 13:5-6 God said it. I believe it. He will never fail you. He will never abandon you. We can place full confidence in Him. He is our hope! If you are having trust issues today, go talk to the One who gives us that hope!

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