let’s talk Trust…..For years I had an issue with trust…..I had been let
down so many times in my life that I did not who I could trust, I
didn’t even trust myself…..Trust is easy if you grew up and everyone
loved you and you married the guy out of high school and he has been
good to you but for those of us who had broken homes, endless
heartbreaks and lives filled with much struggle, we do battle with lack
appears that when I decide to write on a specific subject that an
article will pop up that gives me answers to some of the more perplexing
problems of trying to help someone with what I am talking about and
today was no exception….my two go to people when I have question on the
physical plane of life is TD Jakes and Joyce Meyers, as they both have
experienced similar issues in their own lives, so today I found this
article from Joyce Meyers that answers the question: --Who Can We
Trust--. Enjoy today’s message and Be Blessed!
subject of trust—or rather lack of trust—fills the headlines these
days. How do we tell the good guys from the bad guys? How do we know who
is trustworthy and who is not? There are no easy answers, and sometimes
the people we believed we could trust most let us down.
example, I knew by the age of seven that I couldn’t trust my parents
because they were self-absorbed and very abusive. As I grew into a
teenager and young adult, I had other sad experiences that screamed the
message, --You can’t trust anybody!--I got married at the age of
eighteen to a young man who was unfaithful in addition to being a petty
thief who ended up in prison. I’m sure that I also met people who could
be trusted, but I was so angry with the people who had hurt and
disappointed me that I tended to focus on that.
married Dave at the age of twenty-three, and from that point on I
regularly attended church. I assumed that because I was now involved
with --church people-- I could trust them and would not get hurt, but
that didn’t turn out to be correct either. As a matter of fact, some of
the deepest disappointments I have experienced in my life have come from
Christians. You may have experienced the same thing, and I’m sure you
have some harrowing stories to tell about what people have done to you.
the truth is human beings, including ourselves, are flawed, and we are
setting ourselves up for painful disappointment if we think otherwise.
Jesus came for the weak, not the strong, and I am grateful that He did. I
need mercy and forgiveness regularly, and that means I also need to be
ready to give them generously.
what should we do when people disappoint us? I believe we can trust
people without placing a trust in them that, in reality, belongs only to
God. Jesus talked about this and the apostle John recorded it:
But Jesus --for His part--did not trust Himself to them, because He knew all --men--. John 2:24
Scripture does not say that Jesus didn’t trust anyone. Instead it says
that He did not trust Himself to them. What does that mean? He didn’t
give Himself over to the idea that men would never disappoint Him. He
didn’t put Himself entirely in their hands for safekeeping.
He did not need anyone to bear witness concerning man [needed no
evidence from anyone about men], for He Himself knew what was in human
nature… John 2:25
knows all of our weaknesses. But He came to strengthen us in our
weakness and forgive our failures and sins. If we want peace in our
lives, we need to do the same thing.
is not one of us who can say that we have not hurt and disappointed
others, or that we have not been hurt and disappointed. I never
purposely mean to hurt anyone, but yet I do. Part of being in
relationship requires a willingness to be disappointed and yet find a
way to continue building trust, rather than giving up.
I have decided that I don’t expect anyone --except God-- to never
disappoint me. And even with God, I am sometimes initially disappointed
when things don’t turn out the way I had hoped they would. But there is a
difference between my being disappointed and God disappointing me. My
own expectations are the source of my disappointment, not God, because
Scripture teaches that if we put our hope in Him, He never disappoints
us (see Romans 5:5).
find that when I don’t trust God, I am filled with doubt, fear, worry,
and anxiety. It is stressful and places a heavy burden on me that I
don’t want to carry. But when I trust Him, believing His Word and
promises, I have peace and joy and I enjoy life.
you are having trouble trusting in God, I want to encourage you to pray
this simple prayer: “Father, help me learn to trust You.” God is
willing to meet you where you are and help you get to where you need to
be. That is the good news of the Gospel!”
article has been adapted from Unshakeable Trust by Joyce Meyer.
Copyright by Joyce Meyer Ministries. Reprinted with permission of
FaithWords, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
God’s Grace, Mercy, Love and Peace be upon your lives