We too often trust in the wrong things

We too often trust in the wrong things.

The fact that we are made uncomfortable by the Bible’s repeated calls to trust God is probably an indication that we have too often been living like practical atheists — uncritically trusting ourselves, not acknowledging God or remembering His past faithfulness, and failing to meditate on His trustworthiness. The Bible repeatedly tells us that to ultimately trust in anything or anyone but God is a disastrous mistake:

“He who trusts in himself is a fool” (Proverbs 28:26). The New King James renders this verse in a way that speaks to many in our day who are given to thinking their individual subjective desires are always correct, “He who trusts in his heart is a fool.”

“Do not trust in extortion or take pride in stolen goods; though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them” (Psalm 62:10).

“Whoever trusts in his riches will fall” (Proverbs 11:28).

The apostle Paul writes very similarly to young Timothy: “Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy” (1 Timothy 6:17).

“Do not put your trust in princes, nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help. His spirit departs, he returns to his earth; in that very day his plans perish” (Psalm 146:3-4).

“Do not trust in a friend; do not put your confidence in a companion; guard the doors of your mouth from her who lies in your bosom” (Micah 7:5).

In words pointing forward to the betrayal of our Lord, the psalmist writes: “Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted up his heel against me” (Psalm 41:9).

“Those who trust in idols, who say to images, ‘You are our gods,’ will be turned back in utter shame” (Isaiah 42:17).

“You have trusted in your wickedness and have said, ‘No one sees me.’ Your wisdom and knowledge mislead you when you say to yourself, ‘I am, and there is no one else besides me'” (Isaiah 47:10).

And in Ezekiel 16:15 the Lord likes Israel to an unfaithful bride who “trusted in [her] own beauty” and as a result committed all manner of spiritual adultery. We build our houses upon the sand — quicksand — if we allow ourselves to trust the idols of our own wisdom, our hearts, political powers, well-laid plans, riches or beauty. Even friends, whom we love and should trust in appropriate ways, are bound to fail us from time to time. We are not better than our Lord in this regard. But such failures should not leave us shattered and unable to move forward.

Trust is really about our attitude toward God.

As biblically informed Christians, we know that all earthly confidences can and may falter. We recognize that if human confidences are the sole currency of trust in any relationship then those relationships will go bankrupt. The peace and the joy we desire in life are found only when our greatest trust is placed in Christ Jesus, the Lord. “Our heart shall rejoice in Him, because we have trusted in His holy name” (Psalm 33:21). “You (God) will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal” (Isaiah 26:3-4). “Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, and does not respect the proud, or such as turn aside to lies” (Psalm 40:4).

There will be temptation to fear, but our confidence in God and His character is to conquer such temptations. “Those who know your name will put their trust in you; for you, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you” (Psalm 9:10). “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), in God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me? In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Psalm 56:3-4, 11).

Those are good questions to ponder. If our trust is in God, what can man do to us? Are we really convinced, along with the Apostle Paul, that “neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord”?

When Paul wrote those words, he had just finished contemplating the great covenant promises of God worked out through God’s sovereign foreknowledge, predestination, calling, justification, and glorification of repentant, believing sinners. In view of all that God has done for us in Christ can we not fully trust Him?

The hard truth is that trust in God isn’t truly trust until we find ourselves face-to-face with the kind of hardships and betrayals that make us vulnerable and tempt us to fear.

Taken From : Hard truth about trust
Copyright 2006 Thabiti Anyabwile. All rights reserved.


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