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Emily Teterud – Associate Marketing Director

That title sounds like a scam, doesn’t it? I mean I’m assuming it did, otherwise you’ll be disappointed to find that you clicked on this blog and will not be receiving a monetary reward. I apologize for getting your hopes up. Have you seen anything lately that just made you roll your eyes because you knew it couldn’t be trusted? We are surrounded by scams and lies and it’s a bit crazy.

Trust is an interesting thing. It’s one of those cliché spiritual words we like to think we have mastered. We throw it around and use it frequently in our prayers and our conversations. You can find it in many of the songs sung on Sunday morning. But I sometimes wonder if we forget to stop and think about what it truly means. The dictionary says this about the word: firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.

The other day I stopped mid prayer and had a startling realization—God, I don’t know if I have been trusting You. I love tangible results. I love to know something or how it works before I…trust it. I also think our culture sets us up to be slow to trust people or things. Isn’t it true? When’s the last time you stayed on the line when you got a call saying you’d won an all-expenses-paid cruise to the Caribbean? (If those are legit, then I’ve missed out on like 20). We are quick to save confirmation codes in case we pay for something and it doesn’t register. I was always taught to scribble down the name of the person I talked with on the phone for any formal calls just in case there was any funny business and I got hustled on something regarding my phone or car or whatever the issue at hand was. Anyway, I think you get the idea. We’re kind of taught to guard ourselves, not trust, and be overall skeptical. It’s a fend-for-yourself kind of world if you know what I mean.

So I say all of that to give a contrasting reality of our Savior. My point of this blog is not to encourage you to trust everyone, to stay on that phone line until you’re suckered into a phony deal, to let people take advantage and scam you—because unfortunately, there is merit in being cautious of those things. I am, however, encouraging you to not let that carry over to your spiritual life. What a freeing feeling it is when we can completely rest in the fact that our Jesus takes care of us, always has our best interests in mind, created those interests in fact, and knows the number of hairs on our head. I always thought that was such a random example, but if he knows something that trivial, think of the deeper things he knows about you and me. It’s one thing to blindly trust someone in a way that puts you in needless danger, but it’s a completely different thing to firmly believe in someone’s reliability, truth, and strength. There’s a whole book of proof on why Jesus is the only 100% trustworthy person out there.

One example is this excerpt from Isaiah 43:

But now, this is what the Lord says—
he who created you, Jacob,
he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.

So today, I want to encourage you to not just sing about or say you trust God and then proceed to cling to your insecurities, your worries, your doubts about things unknown. Those are all real, but we can firmly trust in our Savior who is for us and who has gone to the greatest length to make sure we had a chance to choose life with Him. Jesus is not someone we have to be cautious or guarded with. He is not here to scam us or leave us high and dry. Hold on to that truth today and lean into a God who is trustworthy. I have found rest in that, and I hope you do too.

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About The Author
- I am the programming coordinator at Central Christian Church AZ. I also moderate the Central Teaching Blog. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!