Who Can You Trust? What Will You Trust?
Words of Life...
By Paul Hayden
March 16, 2020
When someone dies, people say "Rest in peace." Can we also live in peace?
Do you have peace in your life? Do you want to have peace in your life? What do you do to find peace, comfort, and solace for whatever troubles you? What if you could lay your head down each night and have no worries or concerns that keep you awake?
What would you give? What would you do?
What would it take to have real peace in your life?
Many of us suffer premature death caused largely by the stuff we eat that we call "food." (It is commonly called "junk food.") But most of it is "FDA-approved" - what does that mean? We put some measure of collective trust as a nation in the FDA because it is part of our government. But is it trust-worthy?
Nearly every food that gets recalled as being dangerous or deadly has at one point in time been "approved" by the FDA, or by some government agency. Cigarettes that are known to kill people by the thousands - yet they are still being sold, and taxed. Now marijuana that dulls the senses can be sold and, again, taxed. And alcohol... Professionals have "approved" foods, and additives, and substances, as long as they are produced under perfect conditions in perfect circumstances - by quite fallible people.
Humanists since the "age of enlightenment" (???) have grown to believe that we can and should trust in the inherent value of man. We hear all the time that we should "trust in ourselves." You sure don't find that thought in the Bible that I read.
Man has come up with many ways to make life "better." But that might just be due to the fact that we often made life worse in the first place. It is similar to someone in government seeing a problem (that government created in the first place) and setting out to solve that problem with more government answers. In fact, it is almost like some of the current presidential candidates saying that if they are elected, they will work to correct what is wrong with the government. But they themselves have been involved for decades in the very government that they say is the problem.
I am not saying all of this to instill fear in anyone, mind you. I am simply pointing out that much of what we put our trust in - is not really that trustworthy. We cannot go through life fearful of everything, but some people do suffer from such debilitating fears that they cannot even function in life.
God gave us an intellect, and man has invented and produced so much using the materials that God originally created. We label it "progress." But we have to wonder at times if we are really making advancements, or if we in all our immense intelligence are just making life worse in various ways. Many times what we think might make our life easier or better just makes it more complicated.
So what can you really put your trust in? What or whom do you really trust?
Many people think it is difficult or even impossible to "trust God." What does "trusting God" even mean?
I deeply believe that God is there, and here - He is all around us and everywhere. And He can speak to us today and touch our hearts and lives with His Spirit. God is Spirit, and God is Love. I would say that most people have lost touch with this most basic aspect of reality.
If everyone were to really ask God what it is that HE would like them to do, and if they really listened and heard His response and followed His wishes, our world as we see it around us would likely come to a screeching halt. Nearly everything that we know and see would suddenly be different. We would have a different perspective. I really believe that. As a song goes, "what a wonderful world." (Louis Armstrong, 1967)
"To trust" is the action for "having faith." Trusting God is believing in God. But it is not just acknowledging His existence. It is relying on Him spiritually, knowing that your very existence depends on Him. It is putting your life in His hands, truly relying on His spiritual sustenance, power, strength, and inspiration for your very being. It is relying on Him, because He made you, He loves you, and He wants the best for you.
What else do you really have? What can you really trust in? What do you put your trust in?
Heb. 11.6 "And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him."
Jesus came to reveal God to us. In many various ways, Jesus shared with us how we are to trust God. God created us. He made us, and He set in motion all that we see around us as regards nature.
Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful." John 14.27
Jesus also said this: "These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world." John 16.33
Paul Hayden is a Christian believer, and an American patriot, necessarily in that order. He is a student of the Bible, and is avidly interested in our role in the context of history, as understood through the heart and eyes of faith. Paul has lived and traveled somewhat widely, and now lives in the heartland of the U.S. (central Illinois), with his wife Donna - they have five grown children. Since December of 2016, he serves as the Editor-in-Chief of www.ConservativeTruth.org.
"I was raised by a Christian minister, Kenneth Hayden, until his death when I was 10. Then my mom married a farmer. So I was raised in a very down-to-earth home. My faith has grown through the years, but both in conjunction with the institutional church and through small groups and individuals, including books as well as group settings, where deep, sincere faith is shared that aligns with Biblical truth."