A friend and I were talking about trust this week. And the conversation’s theme was basically what is trust and who can you trust? Trust is a precious thing! It is not given easily and once lost it is hard to regain again. Let’s talk about trust.
Trust has a constant companion. It is belief.
They are tangled up together and work hand in hand. Really, you can have belief without trust but you cannot have trust without belief.
Although trust and belief are different they are at their best when they work as a team!
So, let’s define both trust and belief.
Trust, according to the dictionary is a firm belief in the reliability, ability, or strength of something.
And belief is an acknowledgment that something is true or that something exists.
You need belief before you can trust.
Here’s an example.
I believe that an airplane can fly.
I believe it is the Bernouilli law and Newton’s third law. It’s all about the mass and pressure and force of the air on top of the wings of a plane and the air on the bottom of the wings.
So, I believe a plane can fly. And I have seen it! And seeing something validates that something is true.
However, I must say I really don’t fully trust flying in a plane. Even though I think science has proven a plane can fly I also know I get sweaty palms and feel anxious when I board one of those huge metal tubes! The idea of something so huge and heavy staying in the air has yet to gain my full trust. No matter how many times I’ve flown in one!
I’m what the airlines call a nervous flyer. Being nervous, scared and skeptical are some of the result of little or no trust!
The BIG question really is…
WHO OR WHAT CAN WE TRUST?
Is there something or someone that you believe in so thoroughly that you give them your trust?
There is one thing I have both belief and trust in.
And that is God.
And believing in God is believing in something unseen! Doesn’t that sound counterintuitive?
Not really. We all believe in unseen things. The wind, air, ultraviolet light, gravity, thought of the mind, emotions, and the vastness of the universe are just a few things we cannot see but most of us firmly believe in.
Why do we believe in them? Because we can see their effects on us and the world around us.
Part of the reason I believe in God is I can see His effect all around me. His creation!
But I also believe in Him because of His Word! The bible is a HUGE faith builder!
And the longer I walk this life with Him and know His Word the more I see the Unseen God.
But there is a huge difference between believing in God and trusting Him.
And in a way, not believing Him is as irrational as me not trusting that a plane can fly!
One big reason is found in the Bible…
I make known from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand I will do all that I please.’ Isaiah 46:10
God is the only one that can tell us the end at the beginning.
God’s prophesies ALWAYS come true. One hundred percent of the time. Not all prophesies have been fulfilled yet. But I trust they will because of His one hundred percent track record so far.
Here’s something important about trusting God.
Trust is not trusting that things will work out the way WE want. Trust is knowing God is good and His plan for our lives is the best! His plan is so much better and more sure than anything we can accomplish for our own lives!
Trusting God is giving up control. And that is so difficult, right? But God says…
For I know the plans I have for you, declared the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. Jere 29:11
Whose hands will you trust to hold your life?
We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them that are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
Trust is really a decision. And it is a decision firmly rooted in faith.
I have decided to put my life in the nail-pierced hands of my Savior! I fully trust God!
When we truly believe and trust we can find rest and peace. I am a testament to that trust!
Life is hard and unpredictable. It’s good and bad! But through it all I believe and trust that God is in control. He is not surprised or has plan B in His back pocket when things seem to be spiraling out of control.
Everything good and bad and in between will be used for God’s purposes. And His purposes are always good. And not only good for Him but good for me too!
God holds my hand and I trust where He leads me.
No matter what goes on in my life or the world around me I know with ALL confidence that I only have unimaginable great things to look forward to.
How about you? Have you thought about trust? Have you done the deep dive into finding what or who you truly trust in?
Who’s holding your hand?