Much of life is decided and lived by how much trust we possess.
Growing up, you trust your parents to provide food, shelter, and basic needs. You make decisions based on how much you trust your parents to provide these essentials.
You trust the American Dream. You trust that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness will work to your benefit.
Clearly, you trusted the Economy to continue growing. More than likely, like I did, you bought into this idea that there was no end to this exponential growth the market and housing economies were experiencing. Simply, you trusted it would just…keep…growing.
You probably trust the “system” to work out for your benefit. Go to school. Earn a job. Find a spouse. Buy a home.
This decade alone has crushed general trust. 9/11, recessions, market crashes, wars, Enron, WorldCom, Bernie Madoff, housing bubbles…And this is just a start.
We soon find in life that trust is easily broken, fragile at best, and generally, an illusion.
Your TrustQuotient has been crushed. It is probably zero or negative. (Your TrustQuotient are your hopes/beliefs about what things should be divided by reality. When hopes/beliefs are high and your reality is low — thus, good — your TrustQuotient is high. When hopes/beliefs drop and your reality is high — thus, bad — your TrustQuotient is low. I totally made this word up…).
When reality is caving in around us and our hopes and beliefs about the way things should be are disseminating, what are we to do? When you’re TrustQuotient is dimming, where do you turn?
God has opened my eyes to three examples in answer to this question recently:
1. A Truthful and Trustworthy God
Martin Luther, in Freedom of a Christian, writes: “There is no other honor equal to the estimate of truthfulness and righteousness with which we honor him whom we trust.” One of the three greatest benefits of FAITH, according to Luther, is that we can put our TRUST in the absolute TRUTHFULNESS of who God is according to Scripture.
“What greater rebellion against God, what greater wickedness, what greater contempt of God is there than not believing his promise? For what is this but to make God a liar or to doubt that he is truthful?”
As our TrustQuotient is crushed, the question remains: In whom or what do you put your trust? Is it in the world, the American Dream, the economy, or your job? Or is it in the God of the Universe who says He will take care of those who love Him and works for the good in all things?
Put your trust and faith where Luther did: “Faith is a living and unshakeable confidence, a belief in the grace of God so assured that one would die a thousand deaths for it.”
2. God is Big
I’m taking a stab at reading through the Historical Bible in a year. On my way through Genesis, I came across a verse I’d never noticed before. YHWH has promised Sarah a son through Abraham, despite being way too old for babies. She responds by chuckling at the absurdity. The Lord says to Abraham: “Why did Sarah laugh?…Is ANYTHING TOO HARD FOR THE LORD?!” (Gen 18:13-14).
Is anything too hard for God?
Do you truly TRUST that God is working for the good in all things?
Do you truly believe that the GOD who is BIGGER than the multiples of universes is actually concerned about our very tiny lives?
3. God is Small
In the typical Hebraic worldview, God is never questioned. He has you RIGHT where He wants you. According to a few of my Jewish friends, God is NEVER questioned or doubted.
Although our Western Christian worldview encourages doubt and wailing at our Creator God as if he is messing up somehow, a traditional Jewish understanding is that God is not to be questioned.
He is big. Certainly.
But what makes him small is that He’s in control. You need to do your part, but there isn’t anything that is happening “accidentally.”
Personally, I put my trust in a God who is big enough to understand the movements and dividing of reality against our hopes and dreams. This God is also small enough to want you to be exactly where you should be.
I carry a quote on my dashboard that reads: “God wants you to get where He wants you to go more than you want to get where you want to go.”
Today, I trust in a God who is completely trustworthy and truthful.
I trust in a God who doesn’t encounter any situation that is TOO HARD for Him.
I trust in a God who is not to be doubted, for He…is…in…CONTROL!
Where is your TrustQuotient at today?