Trust – it can be a difficult thing. It’s hard to know when to trust, how to trust, or even who to trust. Some of us have people who we thought we could trust, who have let us down. Friends and family, husbands or wives or anyone you can think of who has been on the receiving end of your trust…and they have failed you.
Then it’s hard to trust society as a whole. Why do you lock your doors at night, your car doors or put your valuables in a locker when you go to an amusement park? Because you don’t trust people. Some of you have lost your faith in society or people as a whole because you have been violated or have had something stolen from you before. I myself know what it is like to have a thief steal things out of your locked car in broad daylight (without breaking any windows) and get away with it… or so they think. It is a very violating feeling.
It’s things like this, that do not do much to renew your faith in man. Man is hopelessly flawed and sinful without Jesus Christ and there is none righteous, no not one (Romans 3:10). The only one I have found in my life who has been faithful and worthy of my trust has been Jesus Christ. It sounds cheesy to say, but He truly is my best friend, a real friend. He has been faithful when others have not. He has stayed close by my side when others have left. He is true from beginning to end. He is faithful unto a thousand generations and He is worthy of your trust (Psalm 105:8).
Sometimes it’s hard to walk by faith and not by sight. Sometimes it’s hard to trust that He is holding your hand when you’re walking in the dark. Sometimes you just don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but I do know that His mercies and compassions are new every morning and great is His faithfulness (Lamentations 3:22-23).
Jesus Christ will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). Before a word of your prayer is on your lips, He knows it completely. Before you can even convey your heart to Him, He knows what is troubling you and He knows how to bring you through. In the film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Indiana Jones had to walk by faith and not by sight. He stepped out right off a cliff into thin air seeing nothing, but as he took that step of faith forward, there was an invisible (by the eye) beam there that held him up. I thought “that’s faith!” Both faith and trust are hard lessons to learn.
If you see any two year old, whom the dad he or she loves tells them to jump in his arms, what do they do? Immediately snap back and say, “I don’t know if I trust you to do this dad!” Or say, “Have you been trained in the art of child catching?” Of course not. Without hesitation they jump into their father’s arms. Why? Because they trust him! Is not our Heavenly Father more worthy of our trust than our earthly father? How much the more should we trust Him?
Or how about this, when you get into an airplane, do you ask to see the pilot’s credentials before taking off? When you eat a hamburger at McDonald’s. do you take a tour of the back to see that the conditions are first sanitary before you start eating, or do you simply eat the hamburger without hesitation? When it comes to faith in God and trust in his ability and not our own…we need to trust Him! It’s hard, I know. It’s scary, I know, but let me ask you a question, is your life better in your own hands than it is in the Lord’s? I think not.
So, whatever you may be going through right now remember, He is not a man that He should lie! As Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”