Trust is not earned, trust is learned
We give you only what you first gave us! – 1 Chronicles 29:14
1 Chronicles 29:14-16
14 But who am I, and who are my people, that we could give anything to you? Everything we have has come from you, and we give you only what you first gave us!
15 We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace.
16 O LORD our God, even this material we have gathered to build a Temple to honor your holy name comes from you! It all belongs to you!
How is trust developed? Many of us believe that trust must be earned. In fact, trust is something we learn to freely give.
How this all works out is not entirely obvious to us at first. Because it seems unnatural and even dangerous for someone to trust another person without first “checking them out.”
The Father has a remarkable way of developing our trust in Him. He begins by first trusting us.
The Father entrusts us with abilities, talents, gifts, possessions, and for a few, even wealth and power. And then He waits to see what we do with them. If we are trustworthy, we attempt to do what we believe is right with what He has given us. Now we may not always do what is right, but the important thing is that we want to do what is right.
In so doing, we demonstrate that we are trustworthy.
Eventually, we grow out of our immature, childish thinking. We finally figure it out. The reasoning is quite simple.
If the Father trusts me, then I can trust Him.
It is easy to trust someone who first trusted me. When we trust, we give. “Everything belongs to the Father. We give nothing to God that He has not first given to us” (Stanley).
REFLECT & PRAY
Because the Father first trusted me, He awakened in me my trustworthiness. Now I can fully trust Him.
Dear Father, what a hard lesson to learn. Thank you for teaching me and showing me how to trust. How I long to trust You fully and completely.
Trust is not earned, trust is learned. The Father often uses time in the “wilderness” to teach us how to trust.
2 Remember how the LORD your God led you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey his commands.
3 Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors.
4 He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.
5 Think about it: Just as a parent disciplines a child, the LORD your God disciplines you for your own good.
7 For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land . . .
11 “But that is the time to be careful! Beware that in your plenty you do not forget the LORD your God . . .
14 Do not become proud at that time and forget the LORD your God, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt.
16 He fed you with manna in the wilderness, a food unknown to your ancestors. He did this to humble you and test you for your own good.
17 He did all this so you would never say to yourself, ‘I have achieved this wealth with my own strength and energy.’
18 Remember the LORD your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful
How trustworthy is the Father? And how should we respond?
1 Chronicles 9:11-13
11 Yours, O LORD, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O LORD, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things.
12 Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength.
13 “O our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name!
If the first part of this noteworthy prayer of David sounds familiar, it is. It is part of the liturgy of many churches: “Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory.”
David lifts his thoughts to the highest plains of theological grandeur. It is almost as though David rummages through his thesaurus of theology for terms expressing the Father’s unequivocal sovereignty, vast power, authority, and regal majesty. David’s magnificent words exude devotion, awe, and appreciation of the Father’s magnificence and splendor.
David is deeply in love with the Father. His words overflow with affection, admiration, and acclamation. For David the thought, the mere sound of the Father’s name is glorious. The Hebrew word translated glorious connotes an intrinsic sense of beauty. It is frequently translated beautiful, magnificent, or adornment. There is just something about that name which touches David’s soul. His name is wonderful. If we imagine the scene, can we see spontaneous tears of joy in David’s eyes?
And how about your own?