"I trust in the Lord for protection. So why do you say to me, 'Fly to the mountains for safety!' The Lord still rules from heaven. He watches everything closely." – Psalm 11:1, 4 NLT
Recent research confirmed trends many of us have sensed. There has been a general decline in trust. In fact, people increasingly are less likely to trust others to tell the truth. This decline has been expressed toward people in many professions.
Trends like this change from year to year. At times, levels of trust improve. Sometimes they decline. But in every condition, we learn the timeless truth that people are imperfect. Even well-intentioned friends can make mistakes.
We wonder whom we can trust and on whom we can depend. Some simply decide to run away, symbolically to “fly to the mountains for safety.” But the Bible gives us the right way to approach these issues.
First, we need to remember the limits of other people. No one is perfect; we all make mistakes. No one sees perfectly or has a perfect understanding of the events of life.
Ultimately, as David wrote, we need to trust in the Lord. He realized that God “watches everything closely.” He rules over Heaven and earth. David realized that He could trust in God to do what is right in every situation.
At the same time, as believers, we should seek to be trustworthy toward others. With God’s help, we can be good examples and witnesses for Him.
Other people may disappoint you. But remember that you can depend on God. His Word is eternally true. Renew your trust in Him.
PrayerFather, I trust in You. I depend upon You to meet my needs. Help me to be a good example to others. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Extended ReadingPsalm 11