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Who Can You Trust?
January 5, 2015 by Nancy Ruegg
“What traits should you look for when determining if someone is trustworthy?” asked the subtitle of a magazine article.
That question piqued my interest, and I read further.
According to the researcher, integrity is a crucial component, but there’s another trait that’s equally important: competence. The author gave the following scenario as an example: His best friend, Charlie, had proven himself completely reliable, but he wouldn’t want that friend performing an operation on him. Charlie is not a surgeon.
So a trustworthy person is not only honest and fair, he is also competent for what you need him to do.
Those of us who know God have just such a friend. Think of all we know from scripture about the character of our virtuous, competent God. He is:
just, faithful, and upright (Deuteronomy 32:4).
righteous (Psalm 119:142) and holy (Leviticus 19:2).
wise (Daniel 2:20) and good (Psalm 106:1).
truthful (Psalm 31:5).
An enlightened understanding of our trustworthy God should calm our fears and doubts, right?
But perhaps you’re like me—struggling a bit from time to time, asking questions like:
Lord, I know you have a plan, but when are you going to reveal it to me?
Why hasn’t Bill been healed? We’ve prayed so hard and for so long!
Dealing with Meredith day after day is sapping my strength, God. When will the frustration end?
According to Philip Yancey, faith boils down to the matter of trust in the relationship. Do I have confidence in God or not? If I do stand on a bedrock of trust, the worst of circumstances will not destroy the relationship (Grace Notes, p. 198).
So how can I develop that strong bedrock of trust? Saturating myself in scriptures about the character of God, such as those listed above, is a good place to start. Another worthy study-pursuit: the promises of God, because…
…“God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill” (Numbers 23:19)? No, of course not.
To truly impact my trust quotient, a change of habit is necessary–a habit such as: T-squared. Any time I find doubt or fear creeping at the edges of my thoughts, I want to Turn, Trust, and Thank. T x 3 includes:
Turn away from thinking about the what-ifs, the negative, the hurtful.
Express trust in God through song, prayer, and scripture. “Doubts are dismantled by declarations,” says my good blogger-friend, Jody Collins.*
Thank God for his attributes that he’s bringing to bear on any negative situation. Thank him also for every scripture-promise that applies.