Refreshing Trust (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 242)
Proverbs 25:13 (NLT)
Trustworthy messengers refresh like snow in summer. They revive the spirit of their employer.
In a world that is filled with deception, the truth is like refreshing water on a hot day. If people can’t trust you, you’re going to live a very lonely life. The reason for this is because relationships do not flourish where trust is not evident. The more people can trust you, the better your life will be. People will want to be around you because you are honest, you do what you say, and that makes others happy and confident.
When you go to take out a loan or apply for a credit card, the person on the other end is going to run a credit check on you. You may be a well-meaning, good-intentioned person. But what a credit check determines is your character when it comes to being trustworthy. The creditor wants to know whether you can be trusted with credit. He wants to know whether you can be depended on to keep your word and pay back the money you borrow on time.
At every turn in life, the people around you are also doing a credit check. God himself is doing a credit check too. God wants to know if you love him like you say you do. He wants to know if you trust him in everything or just with some things. He wants to see if you show grace to everybody you meet or just to the folks at church. People too will test you to see if you wear your faith in your heart or if it’s just your religion on your sleeve. Are you the real deal? Do you operate by convictions or convenience?
Being a trustworthy person who tells the truth no matter the outcome ensures you develop strong relationships with God and with others. The longevity of relationships is determined more by trust than by love. A trustworthy person will love and will show integrity even when it is not in their best interest to do so. They will keep their promises even if it costs them something. If you have reliable friends, be grateful. If you are a dependable person, you can rest at night and other people can too because you both know you can be counted on to come through.
“Trust is like blood pressure. It’s silent, vital to good health, and if abused it can be deadly.”
— Frank Sonnenberg