Trust is verifiable


No one trusts, or should trust another on face value, because you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Trust is one of those relationship structures that is built slow to be safe and secure to remain strong. Once established it lasts for a long time, and would take a truly explosive situation to bring it down. Should that happen, it would take no less than a miracle to rebuild.
Many people would not trust God because they haven’t taken time to verify his claims. The evidence is all around us to see and consider, if we would care to give it any attention. The word of God stated that, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the works of his hands” [Psalm 19:1]. In fact, the first six verses of that psalm established that there is a God who has made all things (the works of his hands), including the faithful sun that rises and sets, the heat of which touches and benefits all of creation. Verse 7 to 11 state emphatically that whatever God the Creator has declared, spoken, or commanded, his words are perfect for refreshing the soul, trustworthy and can make wise the simple, right and the source of heartfelt joy, radiant enough to guide us on life’s path by lighting our way, bringing us to the place of pure reverence before God, and firm in right and wholesome living- the kind that pleases him.
Once we settle this in our hearts and minds (that the word of God is trustworthy) and we submit to them, we’re rewarded with something worth much more than gold; something that brings us such satisfaction sweeter than honey.
As I write this June 10, 2018, President Trump is in Singapore ready to meet with the leader of communist North Korea in an unprecedented talk on the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsular. There’s been much speculation on the success or otherwise of the summit. Many people are genuinely skeptical that anything positive would come out of the meeting. Why is that? I think it’s because there’s no ground for trust. The North Koreans have not shown themselves trustworthy in the past, so whether they are serious in their intentions and pronouncements, they will only be judged by their actions. Maybe they will surprise and confound their critics and produce the goods. But at this point, prior to the meeting, trust is on shaky ground.
Not so with God. To prove his love for humanity, he did something incredible- something unimaginable. He sent his Son, Jesus Christ to come and deal once and for all, with the issue of the heart- the issue of sin. Nothing humans could do; no advancement, scientifically or otherwise, could settle that problem. Sin is a stain on our hearts and God promised to deal with it permanently and he did. He also by the same token of Jesus’ death and resurrection proved his love for us. His love and care for us are irrefutable. God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should be spared the consequence of sin which is eternal death and rather be rewarded with life everlasting (see John 3:16).
May we trust God and trust his word enough to receive it, so that our sins can be completely erased and never again counted against us. Unlike politicians, we can trust God because trust in him is verifiable.

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