Trust – what does that word mean to you?
Immediately my mind goes to relationships. I trusted that person not to hurt me and they did. I trusted that employee to do her job and she didn’t. I trusted my boss to handle it and he didn’t.
We also put trust in things too, don’t we?
We trust the brakes on our car to work when we want to stop. We trust a chair to hold us when we sit on it. We trust our internet to work when we turn it on.
But what happens when our trust is broke?
With things, we can easily move on by replacing them with something we deem more reliable. With people it becomes much stickier because emotional attachments exist. We have to decide if learning to trust again is worth the relationship.
Have you ever felt it difficult to trust God?
- You’ve been told at the doctor that cancer is in your body. You’ve always taken care of yourself, never smoked a day in your life and have refrained from exposure from the sun. Yet you have cancer.
- Your spouse left you for another person. You did everything you knew how to make your spouse happy. Cooked. Cleaned. Looked good. Yet you weren’t enough for your spouse.
- You got let go at work and it was of no fault of your own. Just last month you were Employee of the Month. Someone lied and now you don’t have a job.
Do you find it difficult to trust God in the midst of your trials?
Denice Lane is a friend I met when we were on staff together at our church. She loves the Lord with her heart, mind and soul and she loves her husband Steve almost as much. In fact, she has a love for Steve that I hadn’t ever really seen until getting to know her. It’s that sickening kind of love that would leave the jealous saying “Get a room”. They are peanut butter and jelly. Salt and pepper. Cookies and cream. You can’t have one without the other.
So imagine the trial of being told your soul mate has terminal cancer with a year at best to live. Just like that. You wake up one day preparing to start your normal 24 year together routine, and learn that in one year you won’t one another any longer.
Well it’s been 1 year, 1 month and 5 days and Steve is still hanging on. And Denice is strong and focused, through God’s grace and love. Can you imagine she’s questioned God? Can you imagine her trust might wear thin?
I encourage you to read her blog, look at a living example of someone going through one of the worst trials I can ever hope not to experience and learn that this kind of trust is possible. And then pray for them. http://www.support2lanes.com/
Sometimes we judge God’s character by the things that happen to us or by how the people on earth have treated us. But the Bible is very clear that God and man are very different.
Hebrews 6:18 tells us “So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie”
and Jeremiah 29:11 tells us “ 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.”
So if God cannot lie and then God Himself tells us his plans for us are good – then shouldn’t it be easy to trust Him?
It can be so difficult to trust the people we have been vulnerable to, only to turn around and be hurt by them. It can be difficult to trust things when they break down on us just when we need them most. But trusting God should never be difficult. Even when we don’t understand. God cannot lie and He has plans that are good.
Are you struggling with trusting God with everything? If this is you, I encourage you to make a commitment to pray daily about it. And then do it. Commit to not ceasing in this prayer. Because once you can get it from your head to your heart that God truly only has good plans for you, it is only then you will have the foundational trust in God you need to get through the storms of life.
It is possible. Just look at Denice.