As I examined the box, I doubted that the taping would hold. The box contained some of the contents of our Budapest apartment. So I took out my trusty duck tape and began to wrap and wrap and wrap. At the end, the box was more tape than cardboard — a sight to behold. As I checked in at the airport, the airline personnel chuckled. It was clear that I did not trust the original taping done by someone else.

Recently, I discovered that someone was hiding information from me. It made me struggle in my reliance and confidence in that person. Relationships, businesses and organizations thrive when we trust one another. Without it, suspicion predominates.Projects are delayed. Tasks are not completed because we lack trust and feel we must follow-up or interfere with the work of someone else.

Our relationship with God is supposedly built on trust. But do we really trust God? The Bible tells us that the trustworthiness of God is complete. We can, with total assurance trust in His promises.

  • Abraham trusted God when He promised that Abraham's heirs would be more numerous than the stars (even though Abraham was elderly and without a child) Genesis 15
  • Joshua trusted God when He said that as He had been with Moses, so He would be with Joshua. (Joshua 1:5) This happened as the children of Israel were preparing to enter the Promised Land.

Yet for me, my trust in God is, at times, feeble and desires material security and pleasant circumstances before I step out in confidence and certainty. Trusting in God is best demonstrated in the midst of uncertainty not when "life is good." Trusting God is not passive or manipulative. King Solomon knew this when he said,

"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."

This week, let us confidently rely on God, who in his person and character is totally reliable.


Sharing the journey with you,

Bob Snyder