TRUST is hard to come by but even more difficult to do.

“Trust is like pieces of broken glass. U can never put it back. Even if u do, There’ll still be cracks. Things will never be the same again.” Anonymous.

Today, public trust in the US government remains near historic lows. Only 19% of Americans today say they can trust the government in Washington to do what is right “just about always” (3%) or “most of the time” (16%). In the US, Our World Data reports that the General Social Survey (GSS) has been gathering information about trust attitudes since 1972. It suggests that people trust each other less today than 40 years ago. According to FranklinCovey,

  • Only 51% of employees have trust and confidence in senior management.
  • Over the past 12 months, 76% of employees have observed illegal or unethical conduct on the job.
  • Only 36% of employees believe their leaders act with honesty and integrity.
  • With regard to trust, Gallup’s research shows that 96% of engaged employees, but only 46% of disengaged employees, trust management. As the age-old question goes, “Which came first—the chicken (distrust) or the egg (disengagement)?” It’s a self-perpetuating cycle that gradually grinds the organization to a crippled pace, or even to a halt.

  • A Personnel Today study noted the importance of gaining the trust of employees as the key to high engagement.
  • According to a survey conducted by the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in late 2007, 77% of Americans lack confidence in their leaders.

TRUST is hard to come by but even more difficult to do. Much of our ability to trust is impacted by the imperfect world in which we live. All around us are reminders of how people, organizations, companies and governments have failed. It is no wonder that we carry those same mindsets into how we interact with God. While understandable, it is wrong and sinful to distrust God based on how man behaves. It is akin to someone distrusting you because of what your sibling, parent or spouse did. Is there a relationship? Yes, but there is no basis of a correlation being drawn. Likewise, we need to reform our perception and efforts to trust God.

The Israelites are an example for us to learn from. Listen to God’s commentary on mankind’s failure to trust in Him in Deuteronomy 1:

29 Then I said to you,“Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. 30 The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, 31 and in the wilderness. There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”

32 In spite of this, you did not trust in the Lord your God, 33 who went ahead of you on your journey, in fire by night and in a cloud by day, to search out places for you to camp and to show you the way you should go. 34 When the Lord heard what you said, he was angry and solemnly swore: 35 “No one from this evil generation shall see the good land I swore to give your ancestors, 36 except Caleb son of Jephunneh. He will see it, and I will give him and his descendants the land he set his feet on, because he followed the Lord wholeheartedly.”

It is clear that God wants and commands that man trust in Him, but we reflect on TRUST is hard to come by but even more difficult to do. He wants us to be faithful to Him. We superimpose man’s attributes of imperfection, finiteness, lack of knowledge and power and the like on God. This causes us to have faults in our ability to see God’s perfect and holy character. Consequently, we fail to trust God. Charles Stanley calls those Moments of Faith (MOF) Faith Failures. Dr. Stanley lists three consequences of Faith Failures seen in Numbers 13-14:

  1. We suffer disappointment – the more God wants to bless you, the worse the penalty when you will not trust Him. They said it was better in Egypt than better in the Promised Land
  2. We develop a distorted view of our circumstances – back to Egypt, wilderness and slavery – but they were on the brink of blessing but they laid it all down because of what ten men said rather than what God said
  3. We cause others to sin – Numbers 14:1 – they spent a miserable night – what happened, 30-32 – surely you will not come into the land, your children will enter. They chose to rebel against the will of God in their lives which was absolutely awesome. When you fail or refuse Jesus, you are rebelling against the will of God and God.  

TRUST is hard to come by but even more difficult to do. Whether we profess to follow Jesus, Allah, Shiva or Vishnu, Buddha or the like, we all struggle in demonstrating TRUST or faith in who/what we believe. For those who follow Christ, it is an imperative that we TRUST in God. Hebrews 11:6 says, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Furthermore, the reason faith or TRUST is essential and vital is that without faith there is no salvation for your soul as 1 Peter 1:9 conveys.

Without faith, we have nothing. We have no confidence, no assurances, no absolutes, no peace. I read a quote on front of the program at church this past Sunday. It said:

When you’re down to nothing,  God is up
to something. The faithful see the invisible,
believe the incredible and the receive
the impossible.

Psalm 9:10 says, “Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” Since that is the case, we should invest our thoughts and energies in getting to know Jehovah. When we learn who He is, His person/character, where He is, His presence, what He has guaranteed, His promises and what He can do, His power, we will see the invisible, believer the incredible and receive the impossible. That is what TRUST/faith is all about. At that point, we effectively deal with TRUST is hard to come by but even more difficult to do. 

To be encouraged to grow in your faith, read 2 Chronicles 14 and 2 Kings 18-19.


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