Trust

““But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.””  (Jeremiah 17:7-8 ) [1]

This scripture reminded of something that a person shared with me. She was talking to a person who is to put it mildly, “conflicted” in all of her relationships. She made the following statement, “I trust no one but myself!”

I felt a pain in my heart when I was told that. Why? Because that statement included God!!! How can anyone survive without trusting him absolutely? True peace comes from knowing – really knowing him. Not reading about him. Not hearing about him. Not even experiencing some euphoric experience during a church service, but having an intimate relationship with the God who is above all gods.

I am not eliciting any atheistic responses at this time thank you very much. Why? The reality is that everyone worships something. It is either an ideology, one’s self, or nature. But we all worship something. What is more we all have what God calls “Freewill” to worship whatever we want to worship – or claim that we worship nothing. We all reap what we sow in this world. It is not possible for human beings to be “good”. Again, no great debate today.

Trust is not earned!! God trusted us when he sent his one and only son to die in our place!  “16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16 ).  We did not earn that trust either. “ For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[a] Christ Jesus our Lord (Ro 6:23 )  Neither could we ever earn it. Why? “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Ro. 3:23 ).

God has told us throughout the Bible that we must,

  1. 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 (Pro.3:5-6 NIV).
  2. Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you. (Ps 9:10).
  3. But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. (Ps 13:5).
  4. But now, this is what the LORD says– he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. (Isa 43:1).
  5. Read the rest of the trust scriptures here.

It is close to impossible for us to have a permanent horizontal relationship of love and trust with our fellow man when we do not have an intimate vertical relationship of trust and love with of Heavenly Father.  If you do not know the Lord and want to be in his presence.  If you want to experience internal and eternal peace.  Just ask him to come into your heart.  Confess your sins and he will forgive them.  Then the relationship of trust that lasts forever will begin. You have a Father who knows your heart.  Just call out to him.   Say this prayer (The Sinner’s Prayer) and enter into the best relationship that you have ever had.  It will also completely change your relationship with others too.

 

I have a maker
Before my heart,
before even time began
My life was in his hands

He knows my name
He knows my every thought,
He sees each tear that falls
and hears me when I call

I have a father,
he calls me his own
He’ll never leave me,
no matter where I go

He knows my name
He knows my every thought
He sees each tear that falls
and hears me when I call

He knows my name
He knows my every thought
He sees each tear that falls
and hears me when I call

He knows my name
He knows my every thought
He sees each tear that falls
And hears me when I call
He hears me when I call

 

Notes

[1] Unless otherwise noted, all biblical passages referenced are in the New International Version, (Grand Rapids, MI:  Zondervan, 2009).

 

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bueller
    Mar 23, 2015 @ 22:58:50

    There always seems to be an issue with trust between humans. One must “earn” the trust of others before friendships evolve and to lose that trust means to lose a person from your sphere. God’s trust on the other hand is as you said. It isn’t anything that has to be earned because who would you trust more than someone who saved your life spiritually. There are those who will always be controversial in this. But, to say you “trust no one but yourself”, is a rather blanket statement that has no give in it. To be that hardened is to have been hurt terribly and instead of giving it to God you keep it to yourself and keep God away from you. That is indeed a lonely life for anyone.

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  2. Joyce
    Mar 24, 2015 @ 16:43:55

    I agree with you Bueller. The individual is lonely, but does not understand the depth of their loneliness. Please pray for the Lord to show it to them. It saddened me to know this about her.

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