24 Apr The Voice You Can Always Trust
Trust is such a tricky thing. Everybody wants it, but few are willing to give it. How many times have we heard people ask us to trust them? Have you ever trusted someone only to find out later that they were really not in your corner at all? How do you know who you can trust?
There are so many voices coming at us all the time, competing for our attention and asking for our trust. And yet, there has never been a time that it has been harder for us to know which of these voices we can trust. At least once a week I will get either an email or a phone call that I know is a scam. Every day we hear information shared by politicians that their opponents say is not true. What was once promoted as a healthy diet is now considered as being responsible for driving diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. Anyone remember the five basic food groups? I don’t see them mentioned in the latest weight loss programs being promoted by some of America’s most trusted physicians. Identity theft, scandals, fake news, hackers, internet scams, ponzi schemes, and the list of things driving us to increasingly higher levels of distrust goes on and on and on.
It reminds me of something that happened to my grandmother, a loving and godly woman that has since gone on to be with the Lord. She was sharing with the family one day how she was exhausted and overwhelmed by all of the mail she was receiving. She went on to explain that she was replying with handwritten letters to every piece of mail she received. She didn’t realize that most of them were marketing solicitations coming from businesses that were just trying to sell her a product, whether she needed it or not. Instead she thought this mail was coming from people she could trust, who cared about her enough to write her a letter, and it would be rude of her to not write them back.
In his message this last Sunday, Pastor Benji shared with us seven things that we can learn from COVD-19. One of them was, “putting our trust in the things of this world is flimsy, fickle, and unstable.” He went on to talk about how we are all currently living in two pandemics, one being COVD-19 and the other being a pandemic of fear. I couldn’t agree more, and would also submit that the road to fear is paved with distrust.
The only way we can overcome fear is to learn to put our trust in God and to stand on His promises. Even in the midst of COVD-19 and everything else going on, there is still One we can trust. This can be a hard thing to do, especially if you have been burned by somebody that you trusted. But we can’t let our experiences with other people prevent us from putting our trust in God.
The bible tells us in the book of Proverbs that, “One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24)
The truth of the matter is that humans are just that – human. And as such, there will be times that they will let you down. And there will also be times that you will let down other people because you are human, too. But there is One that will never let you down, and He does happen to be a close family member. He is in fact your father – your Heavenly Father. And He loves you with an unconditional love. A love that is found only between a parent and their child. A love so strong that He would give anything for you, and in fact, has done that for you already through His Son Jesus. Now that is someone you can trust!
In Sunday’s message, Pastor Benji shared a familiar scripture from the book of Proverbs. It says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) As we continue to journey through this season together, I would encourage you to spend time each day in prayer and in God’s Word. Those are two of the very best ways to hear directly from your Heavenly Father, the one who loves you more than you could ever imagine, and whose voice you know you can always trust.
I look forward to gathering as friends and family online this Sunday as we worship the One who can always be trusted and we kick off our new series, No Place Like Home!
Hillsborough Campus Pastor