Trust. The word costs very little, but giving or receiving the thing carries a lofty price. You might compare it to a mortgage. It requires frequent and regular payments over a considerable period of time to build equity, but skip a few payments and you lose it all too quickly. It’s a fair analogy, but trust deals with our hearts, minds and souls, which cannot be replaced like a house. Trust can enrich or ruin a relationship, as you have doubtless experienced either directly or in the life of someone close to you. It’s one thing to forgive someone who has betrayed your trust. The more difficult proposition lies in trusting again – whether it’s the same person or anyone else. For this same reason, we often have difficulty trusting others or even ourselves. We see people fail to maintain their integrity, or we have seen ourselves fall short of our own standards and project those failures onto others.
Here we encounter the critical point. God requires our trust, and the stakes could not be higher. Yes, trusting God may demand that we put aside betrayals from our past. That we struggle against the impulse to act on visceral emotions like fear, anger, envy, bitterness and hurt. That we surrender our self-will and the right to make all our own decisions. Still, the ultimate consequences for failing to trust God go beyond the effect on our lives on earth. They stretch into eternity – a forever without God, without love, without peace, without relief. Of course, this is Satan’s aim. Thus, our need and effort to trust God bring us into conflict with our own flesh and with the enemy of our souls. The troubles we face in our world, whether close, personal struggles or sweeping offensives like the current pandemic, are part of this universal conflict. Our perspective must not be limited to the current circumstance, but to the eternal outcome. Temporary discomforts and wounds suffered for His sake are worth everlasting victory! Our ability to trust God in the heat of battle becomes our shield and exceeding great reward (see Genesis 15:1, Matthew 5:12 and Matthew 6:33).
So you have trouble trusting? Perhaps because of a recent betrayal, or maybe a scar from all the way back into childhood? Understandable. But know that trust ultimately rests on character. A broken trust results from imperfect character – and every one of us is afflicted with imperfect character. Now for the good news: the One whom we absolutely must trust just so happens to possess perfect character! His promises stand unbreakable. His integrity remains unassailable. His ability to reward our trust is immeasurable. If you can think of any instance in which He has failed, I challenge you to reevaluate. The outcome may not have been what you wanted, but He is truly good and does what is best for us, even if it causes discomfort in the moment. Even then, a careful accounting will remind us that those times are few compared to the times that He pours out joy, peace and blessings. He takes no pleasure in our pain, but delights in showering us with love and goodness. You can trust Him!
Trust God. He will not fail. He cannot fail. And when it becomes hard to trust Him, consult the words of those whose trust in Him brought them through the fire:
Isaiah 26:4 “Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength.”
Job 13:15 “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him…”
Psalms 125:1 “They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.”
Proverbs 30:5 “ Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.”
Nahum 1:7 “The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them trust in him.”
2 Samuel 22:31 (NKJV) “As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.”
Hebrews 6:18 (NLT) “So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us.”
2 Timothy 1:12 “For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.”
Deutoronomy 31:8 “And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.”
Isaiah 49:14-16 “But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.”
See also Psalms Chapter 18 and Psalms Chapter 91.