In this world of chaos and cruelty we learn from a very early age that not everyone is trustworthy. Some of us didn’t even have parents that were trustworthy. So how do we decide who to trust and when to trust them? And how do we know who is really worthy of the heart we guard so deeply? Not to mention how do we overcome the times in the past when trust has been broken and we have to learn to let go and trust again?
I will be the first to tell you it’s not easy to trust again after trust is broken. And I have not mastered the art of forgiveness as of yet. However, I do have a story; one of a young woman whose trust was horribly broken by her parents. It is still sometimes too painful to share the details but the point is that I have had to learn to trust over again. And it wasn’t easy at all. I am still learning.
I know the pain that pricks a tender heart when broken trust stings you. I know the uncertainty, and indecision of a wounded soul longing to just let go and yet not being able to. My husband has had to endure so much at my hand, bless his heart. But through many an attempt, and many a failure, I have begun to learn how to let go of the past and look forward with anticipation of good things to come rather than what bad thing may be next.
Proverbs tells us to “trust in the Lord with all our hearts”. This is a very, very painful adventure for a heart that doesn’t even trust the ones she can see. How will she trust the unseen? It is also compounded by much pressure from legalistic teaching that God must be appeased by our good deeds and He is watching our every move to crush us when we fail.
(Caution: Ludicrously good news coming!!!)
But I have hugely good news for you! God is not angry! He is not even a little disappointed! Jesus so fulfilled every ordinance in the Law (the ones that demanded punishment for sin) on our behalf, that we are free. Free to love God, free to hate God, free to trust or mistrust God. So free indeed that God Himself guards our freedom by being the shepherd at the gate watching over our lives.
This is good news for us! Jesus was so perfect, and His sacrifice so complete that God sees only beauty when He sees us (even when we just committed sin!). Because of Jesus sacrifice for us, we now live before God as if we are Jesus. We are perfect, righteous, forgiven, and beloved of God. We get all the good because Jesus got all the bad.
Now what does that have to do with trust? It’s simple. If we understand that all the promises of God are in yes, and amen in Christ through us to the glory of God, then we understand that we get a yes every time we pray and ask for God to keep His promises! And it’s not because of our behaviors or actions, it’s because of Christ Jesus and His sacrifice!!!. The best part is God cannot lie, and He does not change. He keeps His WORD!
Today be encouraged that if anyone is worthy of your trust it is God through Jesus. If He said it He will do it, If He promised, He will make good! There may not be another person you ever meet, your whole life long, that is trust worthy. But rest completely assured and at peace that Jesus is that man. He is trust worthy. He does what He said He will do!