Who Do You Trust?

by Rod Davis

TrustAnd without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)

 

Before he became King of Late Night TV, Johnny Carson hosted a quiz show entitled, “Who Do You Trust?” that aired during the 1950s and 1960s. The idea was to ask the contestants, usually a man and a woman, a question but only one of them was allowed to answer. Johnny would offer the question to the man and then ask him, “Who do you trust, your partner or yourself?” The man was faced with a decision. “Do I trust my partner to answer correctly or shall I take a stab at it myself?”

Every relationship is based upon faith.

In Hebrews 11:6, the Greek word translated faith means “belief with the predominate idea of trust (or confidence).”1 The word that’s translated believe means “to place confidence in, to trust.” It signifies, in this sense of the word, reliance upon something or someone and not on mere credence. (2)

But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. (1Thessalonians 5:8)

Trust is a hard thing to give these days. It seems we have to always keep our guard up. We’ve learned to read the fine print. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel like a walking dollar sign. It’s become rare to be able go to the mall without someone accosting you in the parking lot with a sad story about his or her car breaking down or running out of gas, or they haven’t eaten in three days [Why is it always three days and not two or four…. Hum-m-m-m?!] and would I have a few dollars to spare.

A friend of mine told me about this: He said he saw one of those people who stand at the corner of a busy intersection with a “Need Help” sign, leave at the end of his day of begging and get into a beautiful new car. I wander how many times that seen is multiplied everyday across the USA?

I saw one of these rogues of the intersections with a sign that read, “Please help!” In addition he had a cute little dog on a leash that had a sign around his neck that said, “Even dogs need help sometimes.” The man was grinning from ear to ear and waving at people and sticking his bucket into the faces anyone who had the misfortune of being stopped by the traffic light.

I don’t mean to seem coldhearted. I’ve been known to feed someone who came up to me and said they we’re hungry. I’ve taken them to a drive-through and bought them a burger or something, but I learned to hard way to not give them money. So, there are those who have a sincere need. We just need to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading on the occasions.

We’ve become a nation of cynics and unfortunately this spirit of distrust has crept into our churches and our homes. We don’t trust our kids or our spouse. We’re afraid of being let down by our friends, our family, our church, and … even God.

 If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31a)

As stated earlier every relationship is based on faith. Without faith/trust, there’s no chance of having a healthy relationship with anyone, especially with God. But understand this: How well we trust God reflects directly on how well we trust others. Therefore, it all boils down to one thing. It’s not our lack of trust of others that’s in question; it’s how well we trust God to guide and protect us in every situation.

 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. (1John 4:18)

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. [this kind of] Love never fails. (1Corinthians 13:6-8a)

 Distrust is fathered by fear and fear is the offspring of an imperfect love. In Scripture trust and love are one and the same. Doesn’t it hurt when someone who says they love us, doesn’t trust us. I’ve found that the more we care for someone the sharper the pain. Considering the greatness of God love, how do you think He feels when we distrust Him?

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.” — Jesus (Matthew 23:37)

Jesus personally knew the pain that distrust from a loved one can cause. Furthermore, he knew the heartache of the rejection that distrusts breeds. Why do so many Christians, who claim to have faith in God, have difficulty trusting Him? They worry about their money, about their children, about their spouses, their jobs, about their health, about terrorist’s attacks, the economy, and the list goes on and on. Seemly we don’t realize that worry is a sign of mistrust, for it is a lack of faith in the sovereignty and love of God.

 “Worry is giving praise to the Devil!” Pastor Roy Cantrell

Why do so many of us who sincerely love the LORD cast our faith aside when life kicks us in the stomach? Why do we give in to worry?

They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. (Titus 1:16a)

 The answer to this question is very simple. God has placed within us, as He has with all creatures, a natural self-defense mechanism. Therefore, it’s very difficult for us to trust someone we don’t know. As a result, we worry because we don’t truly trust God, and we don’t trust God because we don’t really know Him.

 “The ox knows his master, the donkey his owner’s manger, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.” — God (Isaiah 1:3)

 My people are fools; they do not know me. They are senseless children; they have no understanding.” — God           (Jeremiah 4:22a)

 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. — Jesus (Matthew11:28)

Are you weary and burdened with the stress that comes from anxiety, fear, and doubt? Then please prayerfully consider this: Have you made a genuine commitment of your life to Christ? If that issue is not in question, then perhaps the problem is that your relationship with God has been little more than a casual acquaintance.

 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. — God (Jeremiah 29:13)

 Throughout the Bible God calls to us to come and know Him—to seek Him. Are you ready to release doubt and worry and step into an unshakable faith? Remember, every relationship is based on faith, on trust. Seek God with all your heart. Trust will soon follow as your relationship with Him grows.

 But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. (Jeremiah. 17:7)

 I know that the questions are real

And the fears that you feel are strong

Still my heart is longing for you to try me

Oh you’ve got to trust in me, love will bring you through…

If you trust in me

I will take your heartache

Trust in me

I will be your shelter

If you trust in me

I’ll set you free forever

All I ask is that you,

that you trust in me [3]

1 The New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance – Classic Edition by James Strong, LL.D., S.T.D. & John R. Kohlenberger, III

2 Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words

3 Trust In Me by Charles Billingsley from his album, Between the Now and Then Copyright/Label: Label: Pamplin

 

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