“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” (Matthew 16:15)
I enjoy watching the TV programs in which a commentator goes into city streets and asks random people questions about government, current affairs, or religion. Sometimes, I find it appalling how ignorant or uninformed people are about things that should be common knowledge or at least very familiar. I began to wonder just how people might answer the question, “In what or whom do you put your trust?”
Everyone trusts something or someone, but sadly many are trusting in things that are untrustworthy and not lasting. The Bible tells the story of a rich young ruler who trusted his wealth for peace and happiness and his unwillingness to give it up to follow Jesus. (Mark 10:21-22) Jesus also told the parable of the rich landowner who trusted in an abundant harvest to give him many years of ease and merriment at the expense of not being rich toward God. (Luke 12:16-21) There are people who trust only in themselves or another human being. The religious leaders of Jesus’ day trusted in the Mosaic Law to secure their relationship with God.
Who then should we trust? Proverbs 3:5-6 says:“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. “The Lord, speaking to Jeremiah said,“Cursed is the one who trusts in man…But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.” (Jeremiah 17:5,7)
When we deny ourselves and cease to rely upon other things or persons, we can come into a trusting relationship with the One who created us and sustains us. We come to trust God by spending time with Him in prayer and studying His Word. We learn to trust God by personally experiencing His hand upon our lives — His redeeming love that rescued us from the pit of hell and His providential care through all of the highs and lows of life. The evidence of our trust in God is answered prayer, blessed relationships, meeting our needs, and healing our infirmities.
God never fails to fulfill His every promise and bring to fruition His plan and purpose for our lives. The Lord has said, “I will never leave you nor will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5) The disciple’s trust in Jesus was made real when they experienced him calming a storm-tossed sea. (Matthew 8:27) In the same way, the more we experience Jesus as a moment by moment presence in our lives, the more we will trust Him. Jesus is completely trustworthy and worthy to be praised.