Trusting others can be scary. There’s a vulnerability that comes along with relying on other people. This is exactly what trust it – relying and depending on someone because you know they will fulfill commitments, keep confident words you’ve whispered in the dark or hold you up when all you want to do is crumple into pieces on the ground.
Trust is a significant and weighty issue. It carries so much risk that we’re often leery of who we trust. In fact, some of us may withhold our trust of others because the risk of heartbreak or disappointment is too great.
Withholding trust can easily seep into our walks with Christ. When we experience others in our lives who betray our trust, it may cause us to distrust the Lord. But friend, this should never be the case. In fact, Jesus is the ONLY one we can always trust all the time with 100% certainty.
There are two things you need to know about who God is that will help you trust Him fully and completely:
- He is your Father.
- He is good.
God is your Father
If you have believed in Jesus to be your Savior, acknowledging you are a sinner in need of God’s grace, then God is your Father. Scripture describes many character traits of God as our Father. Take a look:
- He’s compassionate. – “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him…”-Psalm 103:13
He cares for you, friend, oh how he cares! And it’s in such a way that is gentle, loving and tender.
- He disciplines us. – “Because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.” -Proverbs 3:12
This doesn’t immediately sound like an appealing trait but consider how you grew from the discipline of a parent. Discipline is necessary to ensure we develop maturity and wisdom.
- He sees you and hears your prayers. – “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer…” -1 Peter 3:12
Take note of that important word, “attentive.” You are not an afterthought; God is mindful of you keeping his eyes and ears turned your way.
- He is a provider. – “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? -Matthew 6:26
He knows your needs and is faithful to meet those needs.
- He will never leave you. – “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” -Isaiah 41:10 (and Matt. 28:20 and Heb. 13:5 and Psalm 94:14)
God is a faithful God. He doesn’t leave us or forsake us. He is always present!
All of these attributes prove that God is trustworthy. He is faithful and cares about you. But there’s one other important attribute of God that makes Him safe to trust.
God is Good
In a world that is not good, I am so grateful that we have a God who is. However, sometimes our view of the world taints our view of God. We must align our faith-sight with Scripture to remember that we shouldn’t view God through the lens of what’s happening in the world. In fact, it should be just the opposite.
Our world is a sin-laden place, so we can expect hard and ugly things to permeate this world. But in God’s existence and presence, we find nothing but goodness. Let’s once again turn our gaze to Scripture to learn about God’s goodness:
- “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; his love endures forever.” -1 Chronicles 16:34
- “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” -Psalm 34:8
- “You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees.” -Psalm 119:68
- “The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.” -Psalm 145:9
- “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him…” -Nahum 1:7
- “No one is good – except God alone.” -Mark 10:18b
We can trust God because He is good. In fact, He is the only One who can be our true north in a world of chaos. And aren’t you thankful that the one sustaining power in our life is good?!
Friend, when you look deeply into the character of God and you learn about his faithfulness and goodness, there is no other conclusion to draw but that He is safe to trust. He will not fail you nor forsake you. He cares about you. Because He acts and exists in such a consistent way, you can be free to fully and completely trust in Him.