Don't You Trust Me?
Years ago my niece as she prepared to go on a date asked her mother, "Don't you trust me." My sister emphatically replied, "No! I trusted myself and you're here." Trust is one of those words that once lost, it seems as though it takes forever to get it back.
It is a twofold relationship that is chocked-full of expectation. Each person involved is expecting something of the other. For instance, if you enter into a credit agreement for merchandise you expect to receive that merchandise in good condition. Conversely, the creditor expects for you to pay for the merchandise as agreed upon. The problem occurs when one of the parties does not live up to their part of the agreement and trust is lost.
That is why when teenagers lose the trust of their parents it so hard for them to get it back. Although they may never do it again, you have to go through a cycle where you have to regain the trust of your parents. So it is with the unfaithful spouse.
Teenagers lose sight of how much they need to trust their parents and the wisdom that they provide. You see, parents have been where they are and completely understand that the vicissitudes of life can cause them (teenagers) to go down the wrong path and mar them for life.
It is no different with us and God. He painstakingly poured His Spirit into men and inspired them to write His instructions to prevent us from going down the wrong path. Not only that, but He also poured His Spirit into each of us. Just like those teenagers who want to do whatever they want to do whenever they want, we don't listen and trust the Words of our heavenly Father until it is too late.
He told us that when we trust Him with all of our hearts and not depend on our own finite understanding He will direct our very step. This trust is twofold. God wants to trust you as well.
When it seems as though so much is happening in your life these are those trust building moments. God is allowing you to go through (operative word is through) adversity in order that your character and hope is built up. It may not feel like it, but it is an honor when God knows that He can trust you as He did His servant Job. Did Job do anything wrong? No, he didn't. It is because he did everything right that God knew He could trust him.
When I think about how my sister emphatically told her daughter that she didn't trust her, I realize that she understood that our flesh nature is so deceptive even to us. You see, my sister was considered a "goody two shoes" when we were growing up. She did, so people thought, everything right. While a teenager she gave birth to the very daughter who was asking her did she trust her. In essence, she was informing her daughter that as much as we think we may have things under control, without God at the helm of our lives we can't even trust ourselves to do the right thing.
You may have all the best intentions in the world, but if you are solely dependent on yourself and God is not a part of that equation, you are destined for failure. It is His Spirit that prevents us from doing the wrong thing.
Trusting in him is more than just mere words it is purposeful actions. Every day the only way that you can trust in God to be the guiding force of your life, you have to spend time with Him in prayer, study and meditate on His Word; as well as constantly be in a state of surrender. Teenagers become successful when they meditate on the words spoken by their parents and incorporate those words in the decisions they make every day. We become successful when we do the same with God's Word and strive to surrender our will to His will.
Trust Him! You can't go wrong! You'll only encounter unparalleled success unimaginable to the human mind.
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Jacqui A. Showers., The Showers Group Ministries