In Whom Do I Trust?

Genesis 2:16-17 NASB
The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may freely eat; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for on the day that you eat from it you will certainly die.” Emphasis is mine.

Yesterday was a bit of a hallmark for myself, in that I turned 77. Nothing overly significant obviously, other than I, through the grace of God, have lived longer than I thought I would. I can remember back in my drinking and partying days (my late teens and early twenties) thinking that I probably wouldn’t make it to 40. Things weren’t going well and I could already see the handwriting on the wall.

I was wrong, which shouldn’t come as any surprise, because I have been wrong about a lot of things over the years. I could list them here, but you probably don’t want this to turn into a long novel. But I do think that learning, albeit the hard way, who or whom you can trust, is obviously one of the really big things that a person has to eventually come to terms with. What we think is right and wrong for us, is not always what is really right and wrong for us, because working from that premise, ultimately, we ourselves are the source of our own knowledge and wisdom that we subscribe to. And of course, just because we think that we know something, does not in fact, mean that we will actually do it. Personal preferences and weaknesses, often over ride what we know instinctively is right, for both ourselves and others.

After saying my prayers this morning, the thought crossed my mind “Who do you trust?” It’s pretty easy to quickly say that I don’t trust politicians, regardless of what party they are from or ultimately what country they are from. All politicians, regardless of their ideology, are people, and all people are subject to possessing ulterior motives. Of course there are some politicians in whom I would like to trust, over others, because of what their ideology represents, when it comes to freedoms and liberties, but even in this assumption, there are limitations and factors in play, that I am not always privy to. 

And then of course there are loved ones, which includes ourselves, our mates, family and close friends. But these don’t always work out either, because of personal shortfalls in the thinking and desires of both ourselves and others. 

That tree of the knowledge of good and evil is pivotal because ultimately we can’t trust in God and at the same time, trust in our own decision making processes. It has to be either one or the other, it can’t be both, because the sources are normally totally opposed to one another.

The Scripture verses as found in Isaiah 55:8-9 NASB, which reads as follows states:
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts.”
comes to mind.

The thing is, we think we know, and yet in truth, the only one who does truly know is God. I am of the mind set that I think all of us instinctively believe that God exists. The thing is, the ramifications of that instinctive belief is what we are opposed to. We don’t want to be accountable, we don’t want to even consider, therefore we choose not to believe. But if God is real and I believe with all that is within me, that He is, to even think that I know better than Him is actually fool hardy, when we truly stop to even think about it.

So, ultimately, whose will is most trustworthy? Ours or Gods? Jeremiah 29:11 NASB comes to mind: “For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for prosperity and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Do I trust God’s will for myself or do I trust my own will for myself? That is always the question.

Coming to this realization can be a slow process. Lip service doesn’t actually count. We really need to understand this down to the level of our very bones. The thing is, we can’t put our faith and trust in others, no matter who they are, and we certainly can’t put our faith and trust in ourselves, because all of us know how that ultimately works out, we die without ever coming to know and trust in God.

The more that I read God’s precious Word and especially the spoken words that Jesus gave us, in particular with respect to the known will of God, it becomes clearer and clearer in whom I need to trust and place my faith in. For the origin of my thoughts, the molding of my heart and the filling of my spirit with the Spirit of God. 

In whom do I trust? I trust in Jesus.

John 6:40 NASB : “For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.”

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

 

21 comments

  1. I’ve been a local politician (town board member), and felt the distrust of the citizens in my community. However, for ten years my only motive was to be a servant of God for my little town. Frankly, public service is a fairly thankless job. In reality, it’s hard to fill these city council positions because stepping up automatically makes one a target for disgruntled townsfolk.

    On a lighter note, I do believe we share the same birthday, Bruce! I was 54 yesterday.

    Have a blessed Easter.

    PS. I was not offended by your thoughts on politicians. I’m merely saying there are those who serve for noble reasons.

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    • Happy belated Birthday David! I am sure there are politicians whose motives and reasons for serving are honourable and that is why I do want to trust in them, but even there, that trust is misplaced because it takes the onus off of trusting in God and puts the onus on man. Support . . . yes, ultimately trust in, no. And no offence intended, we all fall short, in spite of our best efforts, myself included. Blessings David!

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  2. Sounds like we had very similar experiences in our youth, my friend. I’m glad that along the way. I learned to trust God. I don’t do that as faithfully as I’d like, but I’m still learning. Great post. Oh, and happy belated birthday!

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    • Hi Pete, I hear you on “still learning”. I’m pretty sure we all are. When I look back in retrospect, I find it sad that it took me so long to even begin to understand. Blessings brother!

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  3. You’ve got me by 10 years and some change Bruce. My question is who put the time markers closer together every year? The field of trust narrows quite a bit as one get’s older. That’s my perception. It seemed to be true of my parents as they fought cancer to the end. The final giving up where they only look forward to heaven and have given up everything here. their final last trust was God. The last marker before breaking the tape.

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    • Hi Gary, I agree about the time markers, it’s hard to believe how quickly a year goes by as one gets older. The way that I see it is the hope that God gives us is the realization of that “expected” end of trusting in His counsel versus our own, or as you state it, the last marker before breaking the tape. Thanks for you insight Gary, always appreciated. Blessings!

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  4. We want to know why and understand our circumstances, but the Bible says, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6
    So yes, when we don’t understand, we must trust Him. Blessings, Bruce!

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