In God We Trust

Just who … CAN … you trust?

I have often heard theses words. Can we trust people? Isn’t that our goal? Shouldn’t that be the ideal? However, I am finding something that may be disturbingly true yet freeing. How often truth disturbs me before it frees me.

Yesterday, I met with a person who is struggling with another Christian for a breach of trust. It was a business agreement, and what was “common courtesy” to one was to the other person, nothing at all.

He felt that since it was another brother, a handshake would suffice. But now, there are many misunderstandings and the relationship is broken.

I came across a disturbing verse that set me free.

“But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for He knew all men. He did not need man’s testimony about man, for he knew what was in a man” -John 2:24

I have found that the Word of God says that Jesus did NOT put His trust in man, but it doesn’t mean that He didn’t love (or agape) them. Psalms 103 reminds us with these words: “He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust.”

I know that about myself. I forget that about others.

Let’s stop a moment and think about this. Man is made of body, soul and spirit, and the body part, or the flesh, will never be saved nor will it ever be redeemed. It cannot be trusted, and it will never get converted. So, 1/3 of each person is basically, untrustworthy. It can turn on you at any time, and it is much more interested in self than others. That’s just the way it is wired. If you think about it, there’s at best, a 66% chance that you can trust them to come through all the time. But we often think it should be 100%. No one can meet that standard. Only Jesus can, and maybe I have been expecting people to do only what Jesus can do.

Interesting!

I have seen in the Word where husbands and wives are to trust one another, but other than that, we must put our trust in the Lord. We are to “agape” one another, but our trust is only safe in the Lord. It doesn’t mean that we are distrusting. It is just that we know what is in man … 2/3 trustworthy, at best. That’s what Jesus exampled in John 2:24.

We all have to agree that even we ourselves, are at times, untrustworthy. Although we fully know what we should do, we don’t do it. We even make righteous goals for our life, relationships, and morality, but our lack of discipline makes us untrustworthy. We have great Bible Studies, we propound good things and how we must submit, be teachable, be godly, ad infinitum. But that’s about as far as it goes. In other words, we cannot even trust ourselves that we will follow through. Our heart is fickle, and our commitment is unstable.

However, God is absolutely trustworthy.

But when people fall short of our expectations, we often lose our inner peace. Relationships are strained, things go underground, we are frustrated, and we give up on one another. But see what Isaiah says:

You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is steadfast because he trusts in Thee. – Is 26:3

I have searched for this perfect peace, thinking that I would find it in friends and people that I could surround myself with, those I could fully trust. Instead, I have been only disenchanted, and to have that perspective could actually equal selfishness on my part. It means that I am looking for people who think like me, act like me, and speak like me.

No cloning please.

However, I can fully trust Christ. Remember, Jesus is the Prince of Peace (Is. 9:6).

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

So as I continue to trust in the One who is trustworthy, my mind will be kept in perfect peace. I will agape love people, want their best, but if they do not come through, I don’t stop loving them.

Trust Christ … Agape people.

For years, I think I have been doing it wrong. I have been agape-ing God and trying to trust people. But I need to agape people and trust in God. I have to remember, 1/3 of each man is still flesh and completely untrustworthy, no matter how good or how holy they are.

Isaiah 26:10 says, “…even in a land of uprightness, they go on doing evil.” Even in the Church, flesh is still the default of many a good people.

A LEADER’S PRAYER:

Dear Father:

I return my trust to You and You alone. I think my mind has not been in perfect peace because I have had as my goal, to trust in men. But You never said that. Maybe that is why peace is elusive. I will keep my mind steadfastly fixed on you alone. I will agape people, but I will my trust in You.

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