Living Out Trust
Trusting another person makes a bold statement about your trust in God, a statement saying you choose obedience over trying to protect yourself. Because we have a 100% reliable source of trust, as discussed in “Where Should You Place Your Trust?,” we move forward in relationships with others who will let us down knowing God never will. His trustworthiness exists regardless of what others do or don’t do.
The best place to start living out trust that is rooted and grounded in God is through tangible expressions of that trust. In other words, through practical expressions and actions that show God exists as our source of trust and confidence.
We show our trust in God through:
- Praise and worship. (Psalm 4:5; Psalm 28:7; Psalm 64:10; Daniel 3:28)
- Persevering in faith. (Jeremiah 51:46-47; 2 Thessalonians 1:4; Hebrews 10:35-36; Hebrews 12:2-3; James 1:12; James 5:11)
- Holding on to God’s promises.(1 Kings 8:56-57; Psalm 130:5; Acts 26:7; Romans 4:20-21; Colossians 1:5)
- Following examples of trusting God. (Jesus – Luke 23:46; King Hezekiah – 2 Kings 18:5-7; Ruth – Ruth 2:12; Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego – Daniel 3:17; Daniel – Daniel 6:23; Members of the NT churches – Acts 14:23)
Actively showing our trust in God opens us up to being able to trust others because we know our trust lies rooted in Him, not them. But that doesn’t mean trusting in others is easy. It’s not, especially with a fresh wound from unbroken trust still festering and knowing other wounds are forthcoming as long as you commit to working toward building trust in your relationships.
People & Trust
People will break my trust again. But it ultimately doesn’t matter because they can never take away what truly matters, that which only comes from God. The most important thing I have to lose – my salvation – can’t be lost. So really, it’s not important as much whether others are trustworthy as it is whether or not I’m living a life that truly trusts in the only one who is trustworthy.
But how do I live this out? How do I show my trust is nowhere but in God?
- By choosing to trust people knowing they’ll let me down and knowing God can make good out of it, that He rights wrongs. (Luke 18:7)
- By building relationships and striving for unity even amidst continually broken trust simply out of obedience to the One who is completely trustworthy.
- By looking at my expectations and adjusting or eliminating them. Doing my part to live at peace with others involves not setting them up for failure, and this sometimes means lowering my trust level by lowering my expectations.
- By not mistaking people letting me down for God letting me down. This means not blaming God for people breaking my trust and choosing to follow God’s will regardless of what others do or don’t do. (Joshua 24:15)
I choose to continue trusting others because my trust isn’t based in them. I work to build trust and live peacefully with others, knowing they’ll let me down, because God is bigger than any broken trust.
The victory of Christ on the cross revealed a power greater than that of broken trust. The death and resurrection of Jesus proved that God will never let me down because He gave everything to establish a relationship with me. It proved that I can extend trust to others again and again knowing they will let me down because I know He has never and will never break trust.
But this doesn’t mean broken trust is ever easy to accept. It never feels good, and we need to know what’s involved in “Building & Establishing Trust” because we’ll have to work at it eventually in most, if not all, relationships. That topic is our focus for next Tuesday.
DISCUSSION: How does your daily life show trust in God?