Living Out Trust
Trusting another person often 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, we know the answer to the question “Where Should You Place Your Trust?” So, we move forward in relationships with others who will let us down because we remain confident God never will.
Showing Trust in God
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, living out trust comes through practical expressions and actions that show God exists as our source of trust and confidence. That happens 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 (Luke 23:46; 2 Kings 18:5-7; Ruth 2:12; Daniel 3:17; Daniel 6:23; Acts 14:23)
Actively showing trust in God opens us up to living out trust by trusting others because we know our trust lies rooted in Him, not them. That doesn’t mean trusting in others is easy. It’s especially not when a wound from hurt is fresh or when it festers from long-term infection or when we know other wounds are forthcoming.
People and Trust
People will break my trust again. Ultimately, that doesn’t matter though 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, 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. That’s the root of living out trust.
Showing Where Trust Lies
We can show our trust in a variety of ways. Most importantly, that means showing where we place our trust and giving glory to God by doing so. That happens when we:
- Choose to trust people knowing they’ll let you down. Do this knowing and proclaiming that God can and will make good out of it. Declare that he rights wrongs. (Luke 18:7)
- Build relationships and strive for unity even amidst continually broken trust. If for no other reason, do it out of obedience to the one who is completely trustworthy. (Ephesians 2:21-22)
- Look at your expectations and adjust or maybe even eliminate them. Do your part to live at peace with others. That involves not setting them up for failure. (Romans 12:18)
- Don’t mistake people letting you down for God letting you down. Don’t blame God for people breaking your trust. Choose to follow God’s will regardless of what others do or don’t do. (Joshua 24:15)
Living out trust means choosing to continue trusting others even amidst hurt and betrayal. It means working to build trust and doing your part to live peacefully with others even when you know they’ll let you down. You can do this because God is bigger than and can heal the hurt from any broken trust.