Misplaced trust

Misplaced trust

It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in people. – Psalms 118:8

Proverbs 3:5-8

 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.

 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

 7 Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil.

 8 Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones.

Interpersonal trust, a measure of whether people think others are in general trustworthy, is at its lowest in nearly 50 years (The Week Magazine). Are people less trustworthy than they used to be?

Many have been hurt and damaged by trusting in people and their promises. Friends leave friends in a lurch, mates disappoint, then there are scammers and thieves who are cunning and intentionally deceptive. It happens all too frequently. Sometimes it is very personal when it happens to us, our family and friends. Other times it is very distant happening to complete strangers.

Are we too trusting, even gullible? Do we lack discernment? Or is it simply a matter of misplaced trust?

When our trust is dashed, our emotions span from simple disappointment and despair to vehement fury and the desire for and pursuit of retaliation.

When all the dust settles, the open secret is that we tend to trust less. We shrink back behind imaginary moats and walls. Instead of truly learning from our mistakes and going forward, we are diminished. Trusting less is invisible, yet quite costly. We do not look for new friends or seek out advice from old ones. “What might have been” is forever lost to us.  

There is a more excellent way!

Psalms 118:8 It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in people.

Fallen people living in a fallen world will always have disappointments. Trust itself is not the problem. The Father built into people a natural desire, even need, to trust. He gave each of us a “truster.”

Seek refuge in the Father and allow Him to bring new friends into your life.

Proverbs 3:6-7

 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

 7 Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom.

REFLECT & PRAY

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. – (Proverbs 3:5)

Father broken trust, dashed hope, and betrayal hurt. Thank you for being there. Encourage my heart and restore my “truster.”

INSIGHT

How can we rebuild trust? Perhaps the answer can be discerned in Scripture about the lack of trust. There were many times in the history of Israel where the people failed to trust in the Father. Their lack of faith and confidence stemmed from their failed assessment of the Father’s heart. They felt unloved and believed that He did not cherish them.

Psalms 78:22 for they did not believe God or trust him to care for them

When we do not believe or think that someone really cares for us and has our best interest at heart, our “truster” is deactivated and shuts down.

So when it comes to the Father, we have a question we must answer for ourselves. What do we believe about the Father’s heart? Is He caring? Is He loving? Does He joyfully pursue after those in need and come alongside them to help?

These questions may seem flippant, even offensive. But when we search within, we find them lurking. The Scriptures answer all these queries with a huge affirmative.

Psalms 28:7 The LORD is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.

Psalms 11:1  I trust in the LORD for protection. So why do you say to me, “Fly like a bird to the mountains for safety!

Tear down the wall. Drain the moat. Our loving Father is seeking His sheep. Then we can sing David’s song.

Psalms 40:3 He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the LORD.

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