Trust Issues

Liz Curtis Higgs

When I was young, I had a knack for giving my heart to people who were untrustworthy. People who said one thing yet did another, who could smile and lie without blinking an eye.

In my naiveté, I believed that love and trust were one and the same. I didn’t understand that however quickly I fell in love, learning to trust that person was another matter. Trust required a season of testing and waiting, of promises kept and expectations met.

I was too impatient for all that. My once-tender heart was soon bruised, wounded, broken, hardened, until I was wary of loving anyone.

Then God appeared. Or rather, my eyes were opened, since He was and is and always will be.

From my earliest days of knowing Him, here’s what I read in His Word:

Love the Lord your God with all your heart” (Deuteronomy 6:5).

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart” (Proverbs 3:5).

Obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance” (Romans 6:17).

Love. Trust. Obey. He wants it all: the whole of our hearts.

Loving Him came easily, once I grasped the magnitude of His love for His children. But trusting Him completely? The whole “Let go, let God” thing? That took years. And obedience? Oh my, oh my. A work in progress, fueled by the Holy Spirit.

Our Trustworthy God

His Word tells us, “The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy” (Psalm 111:7). That truth alone should be enough to convince us to trust Him completely. Still, we worry, we fret, we doubt.

Because God knows us well, He shows us well. He demonstrates His trustworthiness again and again in our lives.

Our trust in Him becomes more than a shrug, an acknowledgement, an “I guess so.” It’s a trust grounded in experiences we can point to. “Look! God did this for me,” and “No one but the Lord could have managed this,” and “See? He came through at just the right time.”

Can you name one now? A time in your life when God stepped in and proved His trustworthiness?

Remembering those moments, and seeing them happen to others around us, builds our faith. Whether He spares us from tragedy or He walks us through it, this is a God we can trust.

Some value His trustworthiness above all His many attributes. Here’s why:

“He will never let me down or betray me.”

“We can always trust His motives. He will never act out of ill will.”

“I trust God for everything. He’s always there.”

“Sometimes we can’t trust our loved ones, but we can trust Him.”

Beloved, let it never be said of us, “She obeys no one, she accepts no correction. She does not trust in the Lord, she does not draw near to her God” (Zephaniah 3:2).

That’s the last place we want to land. Better to stand with confidence and say with the psalmist, “Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you” (Psalm 9:10).

So, how are you doing this week with trusting God?



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