There are moments in my life when I feel like Jack Bauer or Jason Bourne—like there’s no one I can trust. I share their paranoia without their exciting life or ability to jump from one rooftop to another. There are days when the jukebox in my head repeats a depressing medley of hits like:
“You Can’t Trust Anyone at Work”
“You Can’t Trust Family”
“You Can’t Trust Your Friends”
“You Can’t Trust Anyone at Church”
It’s not a great album and I never should have bought it (it’s even worse than the Regis Philbin record I once bought on a whim). Those ideas, of course, are not true. People will certainly let us down, but most of us have people we can trust in our lives. But even if we don’t, we have a God who delights in keeping his promises. In fact, God makes promises not because He’s obligated to, but because he loves to bless his children:
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. (2 Peter 1:3-4)
God has called us by “his own glory” and made “great and precious promises,” not because of anything we’ve done, but because of His grace. We can trust his promises because they’re not contingent on anything we’ve accomplished. They’re based on what He’s already accomplished.
Don’t Think: “There’s no one I can trust.”
Think: “God has made me promises I can trust and count on.”
Engage: When have you felt like there was no one you could count on? How does the verse above change your thinking?
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© Joshua J. Masters and Trust This, Not That, 2012.
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