The Risk of Trust

There are at least 40 verses in scripture about trusting God. His Word makes it very clear we are to trust in Him alone.

So much of my heartache in life is directly related to my trust in “man” or people and a lack of trust in God. Throughout my life (like yours I’m sure) people have let me down. Where they should have come through, promised to come through, they have not. And no doubt I have done the same to others as well. Even in our most healthy relationships we don’t intend to break trust, disappoint or let each other down, but we are human, infallible people in a broken world. And so while even seeking trustworthy people and building relationships with them is good and even desired by God, there is no one, not one single person who will not let us down.  So, knowing this I have to ask myself these questions….

Why in heaven’s name and all that is holy do I keep trusting in and expecting people to do the right thing in my relationships? Why do I put so much of my heart at risk with those whom I know will hurt and disappoint me, even if they don’t mean to? And why do I not fully, wholly, totally and completely trust in the God who will never ever leave me, never let me down and whose love for me is greater than anyone else? WHY?

A few cliche quotes are running through my head right now-  “If you always do what you’ve always done you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”  AND  “the definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.”    I only have one thing to say to myself…..DUH!!

For some reason the risk of trusting a very faithful, loving God is more scarey than the risk of trusting even the most amazing people in my life. Is it because God hasn’t proved himself? NO! Is it because people are tangible and God is unseen and mysterious? Maybe. Is it because of the unknown in God? Perhaps. But the thing I do know is that this should not be,…it can not be, not if I want to be more Christlike. When Jesus walked earth He trusted in His Father God alone. No man dictated his actions. He did nothing without hearing God. That my friend, is serious trust. The kind of trust I want to have in God.  It didn’t mean his heart did not break, but His heart did not sway. He knew where His strength came from, where His hope came from, in whom He could trust.

Dear God, May this year be the year that the truth of your trustworthiness sink to the deepest parts of my heart and soul. And may I learn to risk it all to trust you fully. May I be known Father throughout my days as one who trusted you with all my heart. Amen.

– And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.  Psalm 9:10

-It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.  Psalm 18-8


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  1. Trusting in God is so hard. I, too, tend to trust people more than I trust God. For me I think this tendency is due to being able to physically see, hear, and feel people and think I may have some influence over them (or control them). In contrast, I have no control over God. I can’t physically see, hear, or feel Him. I often have to wait for a long time before receiving direction and I cannot always see what He is doing so I quit trusting. I take things into my own hands which leads to trusting myself or others and frequently results in disappointment, failure and sometimes betrayal. Each of us needs to saturate ourselves with scripture which reminds us in whom we should trust. Thanks for the reminder!

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