Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
- Proverbs 3:5-6
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?
- Luke 16:10-12
In the NIV, the word “trustworthy” can be found 30 times. The word “trust”, in all its forms including trustworthy, can be found 170 times. In some cases, a trustworthy saying was being written, and qualified as words to be trusted. It is odd when you hear someone these days saying, “You can trust me,” you know, beyond any doubt, that at least part of what they were saying was a bald-faced lie. Yet, the trustworthy sayings in Scripture are indeed trustworthy.
The Scripture from Proverbs above lets us know that we cannot trust our own understanding. How then can we trust anyone else’s advice? We do not lie to ourselves, at least not on a regular basis, but we never know about what others say and do. As far as lying to yourself, I have done it often. My parents repeated old sayings that did not work in their time and definitely didn’t work in mine, so why did I hold onto them? That is a form of lying to oneself.
Now there are trustworthy people, at least in some things. The Scripture from Luke speaks of this. You know some, I am sure. If you attend Sunday school (when there is Sunday school to attend), think of those that are always in attendance. Which of these people are there early, with their Bibles open, maybe even with their heads bowed, praying? Which of these people show up late, or roughly on time? Which are the ones who get so caught up in fellowship outside the classroom and show up five or ten minutes late to class? For good or bad, you can trust those that you remembered, not that even those who are habitually late are bad in that they are regular attenders. You can trust those who are early, on time, or late, and you can trust them to always be late or early. I remember when a late comer showed up early. I thought that I was in some kind of weird parallel universe.
Yet, the Scripture from Proverbs tells us that our own understanding cannot be trusted, but also in Proverbs it talks about obtaining advice. Having no advice means that we indeed trust in our own understanding, but having too many advisers means that we make our decisions that could be foolish. In total, we get good advice from Solomon in favor and against obtaining advice from others. Friendly advice can indeed be a double-edged sword. But how do we know who to trust?
I have never attended a class that employs the “Trust Fall,” but I have seen comedic shows where the trusting person falls and the catching person does not catch. I have thought that I would love to have enough time as the person is falling into my arms to say, “Wait, teacher, what am I supposed to do?” I would still catch the person, but in knowing me, he/she should know that if I find something funny, I’m going to go down that path.
But can we truly trust anyone in the moments when trust is imperative? You only need to look at the soldiers and sailors in combat. They are well-trained. They are taught to do something the same way all the time. Thus, even in times when the stress is off the charts, they will respond by instinct in the manner in which they were trained. You must trust the person to your left and your right. It is rarely the one person that defeats the enemy. Sergeant York comes to mind, but even then, the enemy was so focused on everyone else that they overlooked Alvin York. Thus, those that did ‘nothing’ helped York. Yet, in most cases in combat, each person has a role to play in the successful accomplishment of the mission. One person might fail in his duties and the others fill that person’s role and their own also, but the chance of success is diminished.
Yet, in all things, we can trust God. In fact, an unconditional surrender by trusting Jesus without reservation is the key to salvation. Are you without employment? God provides your needs, but it may amaze you how many sacrifices you can make and yet survive. Are you stressed out due to being cooped up either alone or with too many people? Keeping your eyes on Jesus can lower that stress. Trusting in Him can see you through. Have family members or friends passed away as a result of COVID-19 or another disease or an accident during these troubled times? Go to God. He can provide comfort, and He promises that we will be reunited with those who have passed on.
Yes, God can be trusted. He looks over us and has angels at the ready to tend to us. He is right there with you as you read this. Go to Him in prayer. Trust Him and He will meet your needs, and not just the physical needs, but the emotional and spiritual needs as well.
Can you trust anyone? You can trust many fellow humans to disappoint you, but you can always trust God to be there, to guide you, and to meet your needs. And we can find comfort in God’s promises.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.