Tried and Trusted
“And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.” — Psalm 9:10.
How often have you heard someone say, “She has trust issues?” Or, “He has trust issues.” Sentences of this sort usually indicate that a person has had a negative experience in the past — a relational experience, to be more specific.
The fear of betrayal, abandonment and manipulation can play games with a person’s ability to trust someone. To have a fool-proof relationship, one has to have confidence that the person they are allowing in their space is capable of handling them with care.
It would be awesome to say that we always have trustworthy people in our lives. But finding someone with such integrity is sometimes rare. However, there is one who possesses the character and nature and is capable of having the perfect relationship.
That person is God, the Father. Hence, we can put our complete trust in Him.
We can trust God never to betray us.
2 Timothy 1:12, “That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame because I know whom I have believed and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.”
We can trust Him never to abandon us.
Deuteronomy 31:8a, “And the LORD, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you nor forsake you….”
We can trust God never to manipulate us.
Genesis 2:16-17, “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 says we should “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.”
To say, “God, I trust You with my whole life,” means I’m not capable, on my own, of living my life in the way you intended. I need help.
It’s not a secret that God orchestrates the affairs of our lives. Jeremiah 29:11 reads, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
In addition, Philippians 1:6, “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
From Genesis to Revelation, we can find evidence of God being tried and trusted. From the Old Testament stories to the miracles, signs, and wonders in the New Testament, God has consistently shown Himself to be worthy of our trust.
He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8) — delivering results, reliability, & rock-solid dependability. That’s who He is.
During your quiet time this week, reflect on the times God has proven Himself tried and trusted throughout your life. And then thank Him for being the one you can depend on.
Join me next week for Coffee on The Couch.