John 146:3 Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.
What sound advice! Putting our trust in anyone or anything other than God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ often leads to disappointment. We have to trust some of the people some of the time but you can always trust God! Sorry, I think my mind reverted to my mom’s good advice… Trusting God never disappoints because what God has promised, He will do. What He has said, will come to pass. God does not change and His Word will do what He’s purposed it to do; it will not return void.
Trusting in people is a natural tendency. We want to believe people are honest and trustworthy. We don’t want to have to be ‘on our guard’ all the time. We naturally assume people are basically good and that they can be trusted. We want them to be trustworthy so much that we often lend trust to people who don’t deserve it.
While you grow up you learn to trust your parents and immediate relatives. You make friends and you trust your close friends. As long as someone doesn’t cross you, your natural tendency is to have at least an inclination of trust toward whoever you meet. We call people gullible who fall for something because they trusted someone with what they were saying. Being gullible is just a left-over from our wanting to trust people. The problem is not in the person trusting the thief or schemer, but in the thief or schemer.
Trust in Government is Misplaced
No matter how good a country seems to be, no matter how much integrity the leadership of a country appears to have, I must warn you not to misplace your trust by trusting in man’s government. You will be disappointed just as when you trust in people who don’t keep their words, people who don’t do what they say they will do.
In free countries we want to believe in our government and its leaders. We want to think everything is good, full of integrity, and interested in our own good. We want to believe our government leaders are honest, don’t have private agendas, and really care about their constituents. It’s our natural tendency to trust our government because who wants to live in fear of their government all the time? We want to think all is OK and is getting even better.
But how many times have we been disappointed by our government? How many times have politicians campaigned to do a certain thing but after the election they never do it? Too often. Our current president promised way more than he has delivered and it’s even come out that at times lies were told to get the American public to accept the Affordable Health Care Act. We were disappointed. Something major got shoved in our faces under false pretense. Most Americans are beginning to realize what a con job the passing of this act was.
Trusting in government figures is always disappointing. Wherever there is power and money involved, the devil is hard at work manipulating people and pulling the strings behind the scenes. He is the ‘god of this age’ and he’s having a field day in governments across the world. But our Lord Jesus Christ is watching, and soon he will return to bring in his righteous kingdom of God on earth where righteousness reigns.
Trusting in the Lord is different. Our Lord is honest, trustworthy and is always after your own good. He gave his life for you already, why would he do less now? He loves and cares for his brothers and sisters in his body. He wants each of us to win, to bear much fruit and that our fruit will remain. All he asks is for us to trust in him and live as he wants us to live. He wants us to grow in his character, love and power.
Proverbs 3:5,6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.
If you want your paths in life directed by the Lord Jesus Christ, it’s time you start trusting him and acknowledging him in all your ways. That’s a very important key! Our ways have to change where they are not in line with God’s ways. Our will has to change where it’s not according to God’s will. Acknowledge the Lord by changing those things that disagree with God’s Word in your life and lean not on your own understanding. This is what trusting the Lord is all about. Trusting the Lord requires us to change our ways to His ways.
Isaiah 55:89 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says 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.
God is amazing, Our Lord Jesus Christ is amazing. They only have good plans for us and they want us to be successful both in this life and in that which is to come. Trust what God says in His Word and walk out on what he directs you to do, walking with our Lord Jesus all the way.
Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself also in the LORD; and he shall give you the desires of your heart.
Trusting the Lord is like planting a seed in a good soil. The seed just needs a bit of water and it shoots up with it’s own life within itself. Trust in the Lord — plant the seed. Nourish that seed with the water of God’s Word and watch how God causes you to grow from the life He’s placed within you.