“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.” Psalms 46: 1-3
As Christians we must have trust or the work of God will stagnate. It takes trust in God, his word, fellow workers and even self. The enemy will challenge our trust in every way. The things that shake us in life are the things that challenge what we had placed our trust in. We are living in a world where we have learned that there are many things that we cannot trust. How do we move forward in such a sinful, untrustworthy world?
- reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.
- confident expectation of something; hope.
- a person on whom or thing on which one relies: God is my trust.
- the condition of one to whom something has been entrusted.
- obligation or responsibility imposed on a person in whom confidence or authority is placed: a position of trust.
- charge, custody, or care: to leave valuables in someone’s trust.
- something committed or entrusted to one’s care for use or safekeeping, as an office, duty, or the like; responsibility; charge.
Children usually trust anything and any body because they don’t know any better. But eventually they get hurt and begin to come to a realization of what is trustworthy and what is not. Trust that is just by association really isn’t very deep or valuable and can turn out to be mistaken trust. But trust that has been earned and proved is very valuable to each one of us. It needs to be treasured. When we begin to really recognize the incredible value of a trustworthy relationship, we will become very cognitive of the importance of being a trustworthy person ourselves, and we will not be light about it.
Highly trusting relationships are highly valuable– but they can be shaken! Have you ever had someone that you had full confidence and trust in and then down the line you found out that they could not be trusted anymore? That is like that mountain we read about in Psalms 46:2 being crumbled into the sea. It affects our trust. Especially when that person was at one time on fire for God. The risk to continue trusting can be very scary if you don’t know where your real foundation of trust is. You will survive this shaking only if you are ultimately trusting in God!
“That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise.” Ephesians 1:12-13
We need to have a core trust that is circled around God. That trust doesn’t just come by hearing that you need to trust God. It needs to be built and proven with God and it is a two-way street. God will test you. That’s what faith is all about. You don’t know anybody until they are proven by the word. When people are light about the work of God, they haven’t been proven. We will value trust more in others when we prove it in ourselves that other people can trust in us.
Many times in our situations of life, it seems like God has failed. It happened with Jesus on the cross. The disciples thought their expectations in Christ had failed. After the crucifixtion and ressurection, two of Jesus disciples were walking the road to Emmaus and talking together when Jesus himself joined them. They did not recognize him and he asked them what they were discussing and in Luke 24:21 they state, “But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel:…” Too often our safe position is our own understanding, but it needs to be in God and his word. Too many don’t realize how much they trust in themselves rather than God. Too many are trusting in their own decisions and their own wisdom. Many have left God because they didn’t know how to put their trust in God.
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowlege him and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3: 5-6