The world that we live in has become inundated with a 24/7 media blitz. The news is delivered in various forms – from television to the newspaper, to the internet. There are so many ways to remain abreast of the latest information and current affairs in our world. Political elections take place in various countries on a yearly basis with the effort to gather support among the electorate. As a result, many citizens who have the freedom to choose their politicians are often gazing at a system that they are cautiously hoping for a change to occur.
Year after year, humanity attempts to put its trust in mere men and women with the hope that the system will work in their favor. Sometimes, our hopes are met with elements of leadership and good decisions. Other times, the expectation of leadership that is undefiled by corruption and inability is dashed by constant behaviors of which are against moral and legal precedents. Even the very news that we consume, there is a level of trust that is placed in the news reported. The very individuals that are in our lives, trust is also apart of the equation.
However, should trust be placed in the ever-changing society that we witness daily? When it comes to trust, Proverbs 3:5-8 in the NIV says it this way:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.”
Despite all of the voices that cry out for our attention, there is only one that you can trust in completely and that is the ever-present and almighty God. The above scripture says to trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and not to lean on your own understanding. Why does King Solomon who is the writer of Proverbs say not to lean on your own understanding?
The reason is because humanity is fallible or imperfect. All of us are prone to misjudge and to commit errors which are based out of our own pride. Trusting in ourselves or putting our trust in others is a sure way to be led astray. Using politics as an example, so many are banking on the promises made by those who have authority over them. When each election cycle begins, the words of each candidate voice what is often meant to be their promises for the future. However, in reality many become disappointed when the same candidates are guilty of breaking those promises.
That is why we are not to put our trust in what humanity has said but to trust in God who will never lead us astray. The above verse says, “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” If you are following after the things of God and allowing Him to lead you, then He will show you who is truthful and who is operating in deceit. By putting your complete trust in a human made system, you are open to not only disappointment but you are not allowing God to lead you in His perfect will and way.
Even as it relates to our personal relationships, we are to draw a line which prevents the element of complete trust. This is so that we know that rather than hinging our hopes on what those we know will do, we will hinge our hopes on what God is able to do. Throughout scripture, there are many instances of those who trusted in God and benefited from the very things that God did on their behalf.
One example was that of Job. Job was a man of integrity and he was an individual who lived uprightly before God. During his life, he experienced plenty and lacked nothing. However, in Job chapter 1, we can see that God and satan are having a discussion. In verses 6-7, it says in the NIV,
“One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them. The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from? Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”
“Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” “Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.”
What occurs is that Job is struck with illness, he loses his children and all of his oxen and other livestock. However, Job’s wife utters the following to him in the midst of all of his troubles:
“His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!”
Job’s wife demanded that he curse God and die, because of all of the things he had lost. However, the key point about Job is that he trusted in God despite all of the turmoil he experienced. Rather than cursing God and dying as a result he maintained his integrity and looked to God for his guidance. Here is the reward that Job experienced for his trust in God:
“The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys. And he also had seven sons and three daughters.”
Despite the things that Job lost, he not only trusted in God but he was given so much more in return for his trust. The point is, by trusting in God you will always find yourself in a better position. So many are attempting to trust in what their politicians are saying, what the media is saying, and what their friends are saying. However, God wants us to trust in Him, not just for material things but even for our very lives. Have you trusted in Jesus Christ as your personal savior?
Jesus Christ died on the cross and was resurrected for your sin. Trusting in Him for your salvation is an integral part of experiencing the blessings of God. Putting your trust in a failing world system only leads to a life that is confused. However, the Solid Rock, Jesus Christ, He is the one to trust in order to have life and life abundantly. Who are you putting your trust in? I encourage you to trust in the name of the Lord, for He will never fail.