Trust! What a word! Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines trust as “assured reliance on the character, ability, strength or truth of someone or something.” I find that it is hard for me to trust. Part of it is my nature. I am analytical and tend to try dig beyond the surface. I am afraid there is something being hidden.
A reason for this is that I was hurt in a relationship. I trusted this person. Believed he loved me. We were engaged to be married. However, there came a point when I began to question some of his actions. When I asked him about the actions, he denied them. One day I found out that what he said and his actions were totally different. In the end, he broke our engagement. I see that God had to break us up because it wasn’t in His will that I marry that man. He was a kind and generous man, but not the godly man I need to help me in my walk with the Lord. I see that now because I was with this man when I wasn’t in church. As a result of this man’s secrets, it is hard for me to trust. He broke that.
I had to come to the place where I realized that there is only one Person that I can completely trust in His character, ability, strength or truth, and that is God. He is not a fallible human. He is God Almighty and can be trusted.
Why can I trust Him? I looked at some of the parts of the definition of trust in relation to God. What makes up God’s character? This is how He “thinks, feels, or behaves.” He is always fair in what He does. He never does anything to deceive or be vindictive. He is consistent. He doesn’t change His mind when it suits Him. He loves beyond measure. Next, God’s ability is beyond comprehension. He created everything out of nothing. By just His word. He can do anything. He can do the impossible. His ability is far above what we can imagine. His strength, too, is immeasurable. He is omnipotent which means He is all-powerful. His self-control is a strength. I think of His self-control in regard to humans. Boy, I would have destroyed the world for all its sin and disregard. Yet God is patient. He is patient with me when I sin over and over. He doesn’t give up on me. And God is truth. I can definitely have an “assured reliance on [God’s] character, ability, strength and truth.
So why is it easy for me to trust God with my eternal future but not for the things that happen in my life? I know I am saved beyond a shadow of a doubt. Heaven is my eternal home. I believe that. I have that assurance. Because I have trusted Jesus as my personal Savior, when I die, I will go to be with God in heaven. I have confidence in that truth. God promised that if I will confess with my mouth the Lord Jesus, and will believe in my heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, I will be saved. It is a promise. And I have done that. I chose to put my confidence in what Jesus did on the cross for me as my only way to go to heaven.
If I can trust God with my eternal future, why do I doubt that He has a plan or that He can take care of the details in my life? He loves me more than I can ever imagine. He only wants the best for me. He alone knows what that is. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” He is all-knowing. He knows what I need more than I do. Deuteronomy 31:8 says, “And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee, he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.”
May I always remember that God can be trusted! People may fail me, but He never will. If I am living daily for Him, I can trust the path He is taking me on. I can’t see my future, but He can. He can see yours, as well. Remember that He is good and can be trusted.