Psychologist Eric Erikson was fond of saying, “The capacity to trust is the foundation of true emotional health.”
People who cannot trust are disturbed. And people who cannot trust disturb others. They are carriers of a disease of suspicion and cynicism that is a big part of the negative world we live in.
Trust interconnects us; it relates us to one another. Trust keeps us attached; it gives us a sense of dependence and, in return, a sense of value.
Test this with me. Close your eyes and hear yourself say these words, “No one trusts me. I cannot be trusted. I am not trustworthy.” What a feeling of despair that comes over you when that is the way you view yourself. What a feeling of defeat that overwhelms us!
Now, on the other hand, imagine someone looking you straight in the eye and saying, “I trust you. I’m depending on you.” When I hear that, I feel loved, accepted and valued…
Proverbs 3:5-6 –
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” NIV
There is someone that you can trust beyond the shadow of a doubt – The Lord.
We are in the habit of half trusting, and it is a hard habit to break. “Sure, I am a trusting person – but I lock my doors at night, I keep a light on, I lock the car.” We are like this because we have seen people prove themselves to be untrustworthy over and over again.
The problem is that this is often projected on God. And half trust, as it relates to almighty God, undermines the very basis of our relationship toward him. That’s why Solomon is saying to us – go out on a limb and really commit yourself to trusting God.
Trusting God with all your heart means trusting Him where it really counts…
“I trust You, Lord, that You have a way that is better for me than the one that I would choose.”
“I trust You, Lord, that Your standards are right and working for my good, so I will live purely even though others think it strange.”
“I trust You, Lord, that You have gifted me in a way that I can be used for Your service and glory.”
“I trust You, Lord, that You care about me in these pandemic days, that no matter what comes my way, Your love will never let me go and I can face all things with You by my side.”
Trusting with all our heart means extending our trust in God beyond our understanding or experience of God, and saying “yes” to His will. What we will find there is blessing!
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