Trusting in the Lord entails having absolute and unshakeable confidence in Him and His character, strength and ability.
In other words, we are to trust God because of His dependability, infallibility and incorrigibility. The Almighty God can neither fail nor disappoint His children. As a matter of fact, God honors His word and promises because He is a covenant- keeping God.
Isaiah 26: 4 says,
“Trust ye the Lord forever; for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength.”
Notice that the above Scripture counsels us to trust the Lord forever, not sometimes or once in a while.
Similarly, Proverbs 3:5 says,
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding.’’
This implies that we must not put our trust in man or in something else.
Why must we trust God?
Psalm 37:3 says,
‘’Trust in the Lord and do good, so shall you dwell in the land and verily you shall be fed.”
The Lord expects us to have 100% trust in Him, without wavering or trusting in any other being or personality.
According to Jeremiah 17: 7-8,
“Blessed is the man that trusts in the Lord and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters and that spreads out its roots by the river and shall not fear when heat comes, but its leaf shall be green and shall not be anxious in the year of drought; neither shall cease from yielding fruit.”
Thus, our sustenance on this earth and abundant provision, even in times of drought are guaranteed, if our heart is fixed by constantly trusting in the Lord (Psalm 112:7).
Trust no man or something else
It is very dangerous to have absolute trust in a fellow man, especially if he is not a true child of God or a born-again Christian, irrespective of the person’s status in the society.
This is because such a person can easily betray, disappoint, destroy or even kill another person. Little wonder, Psalm 118:8-9 cautions as follows:
“It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.”
This does not imply that no human being can be trusted or relied upon. As a matter of fact, there are still many trustworthy persons in the world today. However, the snag is that the percentage of unreliable people is far higher than those that are dependable.
Jeremiah 17: 5-6 says,
“…Cursed be the man that trusts in man and makes the flesh his arm, and whose heart departs from the LORD. For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when good comes, but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land which is not inhabited.”
It is important to trust God at all times, no matter the situation. As a matter of fact, we should take inspiration from Job, who despite losing all his wealth, family and health, still declared as follows:
“Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him…” (Job 13:15).
Unfortunately, millions of people world-wide have no relationship with the Lord, hence their trust is in creatures and objects.
For instance, certain persons trust in idols, money, educational qualifications, their positions and status in the society. Little do they know that all the above will fail at the fullness of time, but the Lord Jehovah cannot fail, if we trust Him wholeheartedly.