“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” – Prov. 3:5 KJV.
The word TRUST sounds like a swear word these days. Every one has a story to tell about one form of disappointment or the other resulting from trust but should that be a reason for us to stop trusting. Definitely not.
Relationships are built on trust and God did not create any one who can operate independently without relating to people. The number of times you may have been let down by family and friends can never justify a decision not to trust. You probably will need to imagine how miserable your life will be if every one you have equally disappointed are to stop trusting you. Possibly family members will not even want to relate with you again.
The problem may not be with all those people you claim have disappointed you and so you cannot trust again but could be with you trusting them in the first place. Truth be told, no matter what anyone may say or how he may present is offer, no one can promise anything with full assurance that it cannot fail no matter how good intentioned they may be. This is because nothing is really in the total control of anyone to do. Most things we look up to men for are not within their ability to do without God making it happen. That men downplay the role of God in all these does not stop the truth that God has to allow it to happen for it to happen.
Whatever man may promise, Christians must wait on the Lord for such promise to be fulfilled. They must continue to pray to God for ability to be granted to the person who has promised whilst the person that is promising must always rely on God for ability to fulfil promises made. Any other thought by any of the two parties will lead to disappointments.
The above scripture admonishes us not to trust, not just people but also ourselves because we can equally disappoint ourselves. If we look back, we will be able to recall many occasions where we made promises because we thought we could fulfil such but which we were eventually unable to keep. Not only were people disappointed in us, we were equally disappointed in ourselves.
The scripture advises that we should trust in the Lord only. Why? Because He is the only one that has ability to promise and fulfil. He it is that binds and no one can loosen and also loosens with no one capable of binding. When He locks no one opens and when he opens no one locks – Rev. 3:7
So stop holding on to unnecessary anger with people who are supposed to have disappointed you or blaming yourself for disappointing yourself and focus on the only One that has ability to promise and fulfil.
Stop trusting in fellow men like you but trust in the Lord to send his help to you through His own choice of man because there is no doubt that the help from God will have to come through men. It is the trust in Him that can prevent disappointment and shame that comes with trusting directly in man.
Trusting in the Lord could just be the beginning of great things in your life as it means you will be knocking on the right door for help. Then he can send you your desired help from his sanctuary – Ps. 20:2. The scripture says those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion that cannot be moved but remain for ever (Ps. 125:1) just as they cannot experience shame (Ps. 25:3).
In times like these, put all your trust in the Lord. Cast all your care on Him (Ps. 55:22) and save yourself from disappointments and shame.
However, how can you trust someone that you do not know – Rom. 10:14-15. The beginning of your journey to trusting God is knowing him for who he is and what he can do, His limitless capabilities and His over-riding influence over everything in heaven and on earth. The character of God is revealed in His Word and whoever does not read and meditate in his Word cannot know him.
Spend more time with Him by not just reading the scriptures but also meditating on the Words in them (Josh. 1:8) and the knowledge gained from this regular exercise will help you know him better and then trust him more.
May God reveal Himself more to us as we meditate on His Word and help us to trust him more and more in Jesus name. Amen