What do I think of when I hear the word trust? I think of these three things:
1. Trust In what I hear or read
2. Trust In People
3. Trust In God
Trust In what I hear or read
I want to be able to trust what someone tells me to be the truth so I can believe it and act on it if necessary. If someone told me that another person was in need, l would want to offer my help. If that information was false, I would be put in an uncomfortable situation. If I were to read something and find our later that it was not true, then I would begin to distrust information from that source. Not being able to trust what I hear or read makes me feel unstable. It is as if I were standing on shaky ground - not able to trust my foundation.
Trust In people
I want to trust the people in my life so that I can believe that they are going to be there for me and continue to love me. I want to be able to go out in the community and trust that the people I encounter will not harm or cheat me in some way. I want to trust that what I say to others will be kept confidential. I want to trust that even if I mess up, (as humans so easily do) people will forgive me and still care for me. Trusting people is so essential to our emotional stability. It is that trust that gives us the ability to relax and find enjoyment in our life.
Trust in God
As a believer, I want to be able to trust in God and have the faith that He works out all things for my good. I want to trust in His creation for all that I need to sustain me. I want to be able to pray and know He hears and answers my prayers. This is where it gets tricky. Sometimes people pray and God doesn’t answer their prayers when and how they want and they kick God to the curb and walk away as bitter, distrusting people. I like what Mark Batterson says in his book, The Circle Maker, Zondervan Publishing, “I'm so grateful that God doesn't answer all of my prayers. Who knows where I would be? But part of praying hard is persisting in prayer even when we don't get the answer we want. It's choosing to believe that God has a better plan. And He always does!" When I find something good from other authors I love sharing it. They are like hidden treasures to me. Thanks Mark.
For me, being able to trust God is more about giving up my controlling will for His. It’s like trusting a parent who knows what’s best and believing that they will do the right thing. Maybe we quit praying too soon? Mark also writes, “The reason many of us give up too soon is that we feel like we have failed if God doesn’t answer our prayer. That isn’t failure. The only way you can fail is if you stop praying.” We do not always get our prayers answered as they are prayed but we are not God and we cannot see the big picture. The alternative is a life full of unhappiness, doubt and fear, frustration, anxiety and distrust. I choose to put my trust in God.
When we pick it apart, we come to the conclusion that trust is like our center of gravity; we need it and use every day. It is an essential part of our ability to function in a calm and productive manner. It is an essential need for us to be able to sleep well at night. When our trust has been violated, we are guarded and suspicious of what people say and do. Most likely many of us have experienced this in the form of lies or betrayal. It shakes us up for a while and maybe even leads us into a mindset of never being able to trust anyone again. That is a hard way to live, but that is the way for many people, especially when abuse or neglect comes into play.
How do we get past distrust? How can we live a calmer, balanced life? To me, it’s like throwing away something dirty and stinky that overpowers our home. You get it out and you don’t deal with it anymore. You let the man that is equipped to handle all the trash, take it away. That is where Jesus Christ comes in. He is waiting for us to come to Him in prayer and give Him our hurts, anxieties, brokenness and our distrust. He is the only one who can renew and restore us. Speaking from personal experience, it is essential to get into the Bible daily for the word of God is where the healing process takes hold and change happens.
I love the following scriptures.
1 Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
Also, when I think of trust, I think of this old hymn, Trust and Obey by John H. Sammis from 1887. The words say it so well and they are just as relevant today.
When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word, What a glory He sheds on our way! While we do His good will, He abides with us still, And with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies, But His smile quickly drives it away; Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear, Can abide while we trust and obey.
Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share, But our toil He doth richly repay; Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross, But is blessed if we trust and obey.
But we never can prove the delights of His love, Until all on the altar we lay; For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows, Are for them who will trust and obey.
Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet, or we’ll walk by His side in the way; What He says we will do, where He sends we will go; Never fear, only trust and obey.
Another song that I love is, While I’m Waiting by John Waller, it has meant so much to me as I wait for my own prayers to be answered. Great Song, Thanks John.
Also, if you can, go see the movie, War Room, EXCELLENT movie about prayer and trusting in God.
I pray that each one reading this blog has at least one person they can trust. Please know that God is waiting for you to put your trust in Him. Why not give it a try and see what He can do.
Author of the book, S.O.A.P. How To Clean Up Your Stinking Thinking One Day At A Time www.sallystierhoff.com
Who is Sally? I have been very happily married for 31 years and we have four grown children and 7 grandchildren.