A CLOSER LOOK AT TRUST

The last post looked at understanding and trusting and concluded that it is not our job to understand; understanding everything around us is beyond our mental capability and we were not created with that ability. Our job then is to trust and obey.

Maybe we need to examine the concept of trust in more depth. What does it mean? Trust can be a noun or a verb; as a noun it is “firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability or strength of someone or something” (such as “relationships have to be built on trust”). There are some other definitions, but this is the one of interest; after all, we are talking about a relationship (with our Creator). I also have a relationship with my wife and she didn’t just wake up one day and implicitly trust me. There has to be a time frame associated with trust and before I earned the trust from my wife she had to see over time and different circumstances that she could trust me. She had to trust that my words were true, and that my actions were consistent with my words. In our earthly relationships trust is easily lost; the slightest mistake or inconsistency between action and word causes a break in trust; then the period of testing begins again and we must “earn” back the trust that we once had but lost. It is a painful process and one that we deal with throughout our lives, because we are going to make mistakes that cause others to distrust us. Having completed this process of testing we can then be found “trustworthy” again. Trustworthy is “able to be relied on as honest or truthful”. There are no markers to identify when we are found to be trustworthy; it is all up to the other party in the relationship and when they are comfortable trusting us again.

As a verb, trust is “to believe in the reliability, truth, ability or strength of” (such as “I trust you”). Sounds close to the noun form; the difference being the verb is the action form of trusting.

I think the concept of God “trusting” us is nonexistent. Since He is all-knowing and all- seeing He knows what we will do in any circumstance; He knows us better than we know ourselves so the issue of God trusting us makes no sense. However, our trust in God is a completely different matter; one that we often stumble over. Surely if anyone has proven Himself to be trustworthy it is God. Only He is perfect and never makes wrong choices or decisions. Our Bible records His promises to us and every one of them up to this point in time has been as He said it would be. Why would we doubt that future promises would not be fulfilled as well? Why would we doubt that since He knows us better than ourselves, whatever we are experiencing right now, good or bad, is within the plan He has established for our lives and how could we doubt His love and constant companionship with us because He has proven throughout our entire lives to be faithful to His word?

It may be hard at times for us to trust God; we may, correction we won’t, always like our circumstances, but God is still trustworthy and during those times we must accept that as a fact regardless of how we feel. What is left then is obedience.

Paul told the church at Ephesus from his prison cell, “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Eph 4: 1-3

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