I Will Put My Trust

Humans have trust issues. For that matter, so do all animals, and for good reason! Alfred Lord Tennyson captured it well when he described nature as “red in tooth and claw.” Think about your own feelings. Does it take you a while to come to trust others? Is there anything that triggers an irrational fear in you (e.g., bugs, snakes)? It stands to reason – the preservation of your own life and wellbeing is as deeply engrained in you as your desire for water when you are thirsty.

Interestingly, Lord Tennyson also gave a solution to this fight-or-flight instinct, in the broader context of the poem:
Who trusted God was love indeed
And love Creation's final law
Tho' Nature, red in tooth and claw
With ravine, shriek'd against his creed
- In Memoriam A. H. H., Canto 56
Over and over, throughout the Bible and in our worship songs, we read and sing about trust. Consider just a few favorites:
Think about your relationships. Is there any person you trust completely – someone of whom you can say, “I’d trust him with my life”? Why do you trust that person? What have they done or shown you that has convinced you that they can be trusted? If you can’t think of someone you trust completely, what would it take? How do you judge a person as trustworthy?

On Sunday, Jurie unpacked a whole litany of reasons why we can believe the Bible is trustworthy. Jesus fulfilled the prophecies of the Old Testament, thus authenticating it. The authorship of the books, their selection as canon, their consistency of translation, and all archaeological evidence to-date point to the Bible’s trustworthiness.

But when we sing about trust on a Sunday, we rarely sing about trusting the Bible. We sing about trusting the Lord. Yes, the Bible – His Word – is one of the primary ways we come to know Him and that He can be trusted. But ultimately, we are called to have faith in Him. Think back on the criteria you gave for trustworthiness. Can you apply those same criteria to the Lord?

Here are my criteria: trustworthy people do what they say they’ll do, tell the truth, and do (in the context of our relationship) what is in my best interest. No person meets these criteria perfectly. Yet when I examine God’s Word and His action in my life, he meets these criteria every single time.

Are you in a place of questioning – of asking whether God or His Word can be trusted? Sunday’s sermon is a great introduction to the trustworthiness of the Bible. If you have more questions, ask them in the comments below, or drop us a line here: https://5twelve.church/contact-us! We’d love to hear from you.

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