Trust Me On That!


It’s a saying that’s been around for as long as dirt. “You can trust me on that one” or it’s variations such as “you can take that one to the bank”, etc. I don’t know about you, but usually when I hear the term my cringe meter kicks in because my thinker starts yelling to me “well, we’ll see about that.” That is called skepticism, or better yet, doubt. It is caused by a lack of trust, which often occurs because somewhere along the line trust has been broken.

“Trust is like that. You can break it for a good reason. But it still remains broken.”

Harlan Coben, Hold Tight

Broken Trust

Broken trust is an awful thing most of us have experienced somewhere in our lives, and the effects of that broken trust are often long term. I was graphically reminded of that this morning as I took my dog out for her morning fertilizing chores. She’s a rescue dog—from one of many Amish puppy mills (which have a terrible reputation for their handling of their breeding stock, which our dog was). Kelly, our pooch, came to us as a mild mannered and surprisingly well behaved young lady, but she has, for the couple of years that we have had her, been extremely skittish and fearful around me to the point that she won’t come into any room I am in. She’s mindful, obedient, sweet, but very, very afraid of me. From the expressions of her face and body language, she doesn’t trust me, evidently from some very bad experiences of long ago.

“People that have trust issues only need to look in the mirror. There they will meet the one person that will betray them the most.”

Shannon L. Alder

Humans Are Like That

Us humans are like that aren’t we? With our often-fragile egos and perhaps overly sensitive feelings, it is sometimes easy for us to lose trust in someone, often over the simplest things. Obviously, there are times when broken trust is well deserved because of some egregious act. But I sense that there are many times we think trust should be broken (and therefore is) when it is neither deserved or merited. That happens all too often when we are wrong in our assessment of the circumstances. Worse yet, often our trust in the God who made us is broken—not by Him, ever, but by ourselves, which leads me to a clear conclusion; If we find it difficult to trust God, how can we expect to find live humans to be trustworthy? We will automatically be looking for some reason not to trust them.

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

Isaiah 41:10

Our problem is many of us simply don’t want to give up control of our lives to the very One who made us in His image. Then we are afraid, and we are discouraged, because we think that things will not go our way or happen when we want them to. Simply put, we do not trust God for those things, yet throughout scripture He has told us repeatedly that He will always love us and will never leave us, that He is always for us. You can go to the bank on that one. Trust me.

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