What is TRUST?
Wikipedia defines trust as:
reliance on another person or entity. Having faith in others and believing them.
Is it that we aren't capable of trusting others? or is it that we don't understand God's idea of TRUST:
"It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man."
Isaiah 2:22 (New Living Translation)
"Don’t put your trust in mere humans. They are as frail as breath. What good are they?"
Jeremiah 17:5-7 NLT
If we put our TRUST in each other (mere humans), then we are not TRUSTING in the one who is the very life and breath of us all.
This is not to say that you can't depend on others for fellowship, help, encouragement, and love, but we aren't asked by God to TRUST man. We are asked to TRUST the ONE TRUE GOD.
Inevitably, people will let you down, we are all human. God did not say, put all your hopes and dreams in the hands of man. NO, he said TRUST Him.
Proverbs 3:5 "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding"
You see, SATAN uses our insecurities, desires, and our thoughts to try to control our lives. He says to us, "You can't trust anyone, Everyone is out to get you, You deserve to be treated better. They are just out to get you!" He will get in your HEAD and have you believing all the lies that HE(Satan) has placed there. Satan succeeds when you begin to believe the lie.......... "I can't TRUST anyone, and sometimes............ that included CHRIST.
When I was saved, I felt an overwhelming sense of LOVE (not TRUST). I wanted to tell everyone that GOD IS LOVE and share this message with everyone. As a teacher, I hear children talk about being saved. They come into the classroom beaming and proudly tell everyone, "Jesus loves me and came into my heart!" How precious!!!
As we grow older, we begin to lose the excitement we felt when Christ first came into our hearts. Why is this? We build up walls, harden our hearts, become cynical.....to protect ourselves from hurt, criticism, rejection.
As we are betrayed by MAN..... Satan begins to speak lies to us (You can't trust them).
We get hurt, we retreat. We open ourselves up again, and get burned again,(Again, Satan says... I knew they were untrustworthy)
so we retreat even more.............until we begin to believe the LIE! (You can't trust anyone)
Result, hardened heart (Yep, just where Satan wanted you..) We've lost TRUST in MAN perhaps even GOD.
But..... we should have never put our trust in MAN. God is the only one we should ever put our trust in to lead, guide and direct our lives.
Here is what God would have said to your heart....
We get hurt, we retreat (God says, forgive them),
We open ourselves up again, and get burned again, (God says, love them unconditionally, forgive them as I have forgiven you)
Result, GRACE and MERCY towards others. A loving heart.
Haven't we hurt others too? So we must come to face the fact that really, we aren't completely trustworthy either. Why is this? Because until we are fully changed, transformed, which will happen when we are united with OUR SAVIOUR, we are sinners (saved by grace). Only through a right relationship with Christ, can we be transformed into His likeness. But, do not be deceived....
"The thief (Satan) comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I (Christ) came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. John 10:10 (New American Standard Bible)
So, give yourself and your fellow man a break. Instead of focusing on TRUSTING others, try LOVING them instead. If God had wanted us to TRUST man, I believe it would have be somewhere in the bible..... (I can't find it) But over and over GOD instructs us to TRUST HIM and LOVE one another.
Maybe the KEY to TRUST is LOVE?