Summary: Trust issues; many of us have them. Yet I think everyone trusts in something or someone. In God We Trust is written on our money yet ironically more americans trust in money than they do God. Let's see why trusting in God is the much wiser choice.
In my last series, I focused on the places where Jesus said, “I tell you the truth”. But in order to accept what Jesus said we need to trust that he knows what the truth is. Jesus said to Pilate, “Everyone on the side of truth listens to me”, to where Pilate replied, “What is truth”. He wasn’t willing to trust that Jesus was it. Everyone trusts in something or someone. Ironically, in God we trust is written on our money yet I guarantee the majority of Americans trust money more than they trust God. Let’s take a look at the issue of trust.
1) Wavering trust.
Interestingly, the first place we see the word trust is in Exodus when God delivered the Israelites out of Egypt. As the Egyptians were chasing the Israelites they came to the Red Sea. Moses stretched out his staff and God parted the sea. The Israelites crossed on dry ground but when the Egyptians tried to cross the Lord swept them away as he closed the sea back up.
Witnessing this event changed the Israelites. Exodus 14:31, “And when the Israelites saw the great power the LORD displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the LORD and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.” For many people, the Lord does something extraordinary in their lives and then they put their trust in him.
However, as we will see, this trust can be short-lived when trouble comes again. When trust is based on witnessing something unexplainable it can be based on an emotional feeling-the wow factor. So when that event fades into the sunset and life sets in again, that trust has a tendency to dissipate; especially when a hardship strikes.
Ex. 16:1-5. Vs. 4-explain that they weren’t to keep any until morning but some did and it was full of maggots. They were instructed to get twice as much on the six day and rest on the Sabbath but some went out to collect anyway-lack of trust in what God had said.
The Israelites grumbled again a short time later when they arrived at Rephidim and there was no water to drink. So, God gave them water to drink when Moses struck the rock.
When the spies were sent out to assess the condition of the Promised Land, Joshua and Caleb brought back a good report but the other ten spies were afraid because the people there were big thus they convinced the rest of the Israelites that there was no way they could survive if they tried to take over the land of Canaan. Deut. 1:26-33. And because of this persistent mistrust they were not allowed to enter into the land the Lord was giving them; their children would inherit it instead.
True trust in God is not simply based in circumstance. It’s not something that comes and goes with each passing test. It’s one thing to trust God after the miracle happens but will we trust him before the miracle happens? The Israelites showed that their trust was not a solid one.
2) Trust me.
Prov. 3:5-6, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Lean not on your own understanding-in other words, ‘don’t trust yourself’.