The presence of trust in humans is vital for healthy psychological balance. It aids in fostering, deep enduring relationships that can result in a richer, more fulfilling, more productive and happier life. Every child expects that his parents will make provision for his physical, psychological, social, emotional and moral needs. Every spouse assumes that the other will be faithful, show respect, love, kindness, understanding and render help and support always. People trust their politicians, to tell the truth, keep their promises, act in the best interest of their nation, and follow the wishes of the people. We trust our employers to treat their workers fairly and with respectfully, pay them decent wages, and provide them with safe working conditions. We have faith in our religious leaders to teach the word of God faithfully, furnish a healthy church environment that will assist in our spiritual growth and healing, be good examples of the things they preach, genuinely love and care for those they serve, and instruct and encourage others to be good ambassadors of Christ.
Although learning to trust others is necessary for the development of healthy self-esteem, we are also aware that there are a few caveats that must be noted.
1. We cannot trust some persons in anything.
2. All persons will fail us at some time or in some situation.
3. Neither persons nor things can be depended on to guarantee us eternal things.
4. God alone will never fail us.
The question is not so much whom, or what we are trusting, it is more whom or what we have our confidence in for what? We can rely on the utility company to provide us with electricity or water. However, we do not trust or expect them to provide us with property insurance. That is not what they do. Similarly, some of us are depending on the wrong things to provide us with love, security, joy, peace, happiness, salvation, and eternal life. This displaced trusting is the exact reason why so many persons in the world are frustrated and disappointed with this life. They have not attained the things they yearn for though they strive their best to reach for them.
Things We Trust
Men have placed their trust in a variety of things in the hope that one day they may obtain the superior qualities of life that the inner-self longs to have. Our finest institutions, combined with the world best minds, philanthropic kindness, loftiest ideals, tireless dedication have only gained for us partial satisfaction. We have placed our trust in:
• Our military might
• Our economic expertise
• Our money and socio-economic status
• Our good works
• Our human genius
• The law
• Our institutions
Trusting in these things do not guarantee us safety, security, love, peace, happiness, joy, salvation or eternal life. Every mighty empire that existed in the past has passed from the scene. Great countries that were outstanding in trade and commerce have fallen. Riches can easily disappear. Good works and human ability can take us thus far and no further. Men who have failures of all kinds manage our legal as well as our other institutions. We are therefore in need of someone or something that will not fail us but will deliver the things we so desperately need.
Is there someone in whom we can hope in who will not disappoint us? Is there someone in whom we can find joy, peace, security, love, happiness, salvation and eternal life? The pages of the Bible abound with astonishing promises to those who place their trust in the Almighty God.
i. Those who put their expectation in God are blessed (Pro.6:20; Ps.84:12)
ii. Those who put their confidence in God will not be disappointed (Rom.9:33; 10:11)
iii. Trust Jesus for salvation and eternal life (Acts 4:12; Acts 2:37-38; John 11:25-26; Rom.10:10).
iv. God gives us the Holy Spirit who imparts to us his fruit of love, joy, peace, gentleness, goodness, patience, kindness, self-control (Gal.5;22-23; John 14:27; Phil.4:7; Rom.5:5; 1John2:5; 1Pet.1:8).
v. Those who trust in God have security for their souls (Jude 24).
vi. Those who hope in God have confidence (2Cor.3:4).
vii. Those who believe in God have a sure and firm hope that we will receive all that God promised (Heb.6:18-19)
God offers his sure promises to all who is willing to follow him. Jesus Christ died, was buried and was resurrected to purchase our salvation. He took in his body the suffering, shame and death that was ours and gave us life. It is only by trusting in the finished work of Jesus that we can have forgiveness of sins and the sure hope of eternal life. We need God. Something within us cries out for him. “You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you,” writes St. Augustine of Hippo. Jesus is calling you to that rest today; trust him.