Trust that Never Fails (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 273)
Psalm 20:7 (NLT)
Some nations boast of their chariots and horses, but we boast in the name of the Lord our God.
All people trust someone or something. Sometimes, we put our trust in the wrong people or the wrong things which eventually leads to disappointment. The direction of our lives can also be altered by where and in whom we choose to put our trust. And if we trust no one or in nothing we open ourselves up to a new level of stress and anxious that if it goes unchecked can push us over the edge.
In our world today, we tend to be skeptical of almost everyone and everything. We don’t trust everything that comes across as information or breaking news on the cable news channels. People say they can’t trust the government and don’t trust politicians. In family relations, trust is often shaky or nonexistent. Parents and children can’t rely on each other. Employees don’t trust their bosses and on and on it goes.
A large part of the instability in our world and in our lives comes from an inability to trust and for some, an inability to tell the truth. We hide, lie, cheat, cover our flaws, make backhand deals and so forth, thinking it will bring long-term benefit but instead it only causes us to be less trusting of other people and even of ourselves. In a world where trust and truth are had to find, life becomes too much of a burden. And we were never made to carry such a heavy weight.
God created us to trust. If you can trust no one else in life, you can be sure that you can trust God. Our lack of trust causes a great deal of anxiety, stress, worry, and loss of passion and purpose in life. We can get so busy not trusting or trusting in imperfect people who do imperfect things and fragile things that easily break, that we never get around to living the life God wants us to live.
God gave us the capacity to trust because he wants us to be able to open our hearts to him, rely on him for strength, and receive his love, grace, and salvation into our lives. While some people trust in technology, careers, family life, and even good works and Christian service to pull them through each day, true believers learn that relying on anything else is a waste of time. “Some nations boast of their chariots and horses, but we [as believers] boast in the name of the Lord our God.”
You don’t have to trust everybody, but you must trust God. Some people trust in what they can see or in what a human being can do for them or even in their own feelings, emotions, and thoughts. But none of this stuff is stable; some of it isn’t even real. The one Person you can trust every single day of your life is the mighty, loving Father who sits in heaven and cares for his children deeply, completely, and fully.
“God’s plan and His ways of working out His plan are frequently beyond our ability to fathom and understand. We must learn to trust when we don’t understand.”
— Jerry Bridges