What is the definition of crisis?
WEBSTR’S DICTIONARY: CRISIS: 3 a : an unstable or crucial time or state of affairs in which a decisive change is impending; especially : one with the distinct possibility of a highly undesirable outcome
What is the definition of trust?
WEBSTER’S DICTIONARY: TRUST: 1 a : assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something b : one in which confidence is placed
We surely have a problem with trust in our nations families, congregations, communities, businesses and governments. People do not leave the doors of their homes open like they did in the past. People are entering into marriage with numerous pre-nuptial limitations set forth in legal documentation. People do not know their neighbors and they do not trust them. People have lost their trust in preachers, parents, physicians and politicians.
If people do not trust each other, what kind of relationship can they have? If you do not trust each other, it can not be a relationship of unity. You can not work together for the same cause or the same goal if you do not trust one another.
Trust is a very important part of any relationship.
What kind of marriage do you have when the couple does not trust each other?
What kind of congregation will we have if the people do not trust each other?
What kind of relationship do you have with Jesus, if you do not trust Him?
I want you to think about the importance of trust. Who do you trust?
I also want you to think about the difference in trusting God and trusting man. What does the Bible say?
I want you to trust me when I speak or write to you. But I want you to trust me with carefulness. I can fail, but God can not. I want you to learn from my instructions, but I want you to work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. I want you to have confidence and respect in my opinion and judgment, but I want you to examine and prove all things by the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. It is not wrong to question what I say, but it is wrong to reject truth and the commandments of God. When you disagree with a minister or teacher, you must not be disrespectful or despise the instructions.
Having stressed the importance of trust in a relationship, I want to teach you by the word of God that there are two different levels of trust. There is the level of trust which we put in God and there is a lesser level of trust that we put in man. There are two different words used in the Hebrew which differentiate between these two levels of trust.
2 Samuel 22:1-7
1 And David spake unto the Lord the words of this song in the day that the Lord had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul:
2 And he said, The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;
3 The God of my rock; in him will I trust: (SEC: 2620) he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.
4 I will call on the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
5 When the waves of death compassed me, the floods of ungodly men made me afraid;
6 The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented me;
7 In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears.
11 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: (SEC: 2620) let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.
12 For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.
Psalms 146:3, “Put not your trust in princes, (SEC: 982 ) nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.”
10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, (SEC: 982) so that he shall have no need of spoil.
12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
Let us examine closely the different meaning contained in these four scriptures.
Two different Hebrew words have been translated into the one English word “trust.”
OT:982 batach (baw-takh'); a primitive root; properly, to hide for refuge [but not so precipitately as OT:2620]; figuratively, to trust, be confident or sure:
OT:2620 chacah (khaw-saw'); a primitive root; to flee for protection [compare OT:982]; figuratively, to confide in: KJV - have hope, make refuge, (put) trust.
PRECIPITATED: 1 a : to throw violently : HURL
By these definitions we see that there is a difference in the trust we have in God and the trust we have in each other. We should trust God without carefulness. We should trust each other carefully.
Is there a difference found in the New Testament with the word “trust?”Yes, there is.
18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.
19 He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.
20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.
21 And in his name shall the Gentiles trust. (SEC: 1679)
The word trust here means to hope or to expect. This trust is not an expectation which carries the same strength as in having faith in God. Having faith in God is a complete abandonment to the keeping power of God. The expectation of this “trust” is on a lesser level of perfection. It is a good trust, but it is man’s part of his reaching out in hope. It is not that perfection of faith which is inspired by God through the experience of salvation.
2 Corinthians 1:7-10
7 And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.
8 For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:
9 But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:
10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us; (SEC: 3982)
The word “trust” in this verse is yet another Greek word which conveys the thought of being convinced by evidence or authority.
1 Thessalonians 2:1-4
2 For yourselves, brethren, know our entrance in unto you, that it was not in vain:
2 But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention.
3 For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:
4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.
The word “trust” in this passage is yet another Greek word differing from the other two already mentioned. This level of trust is the highest level of trust and is the same as the word “believe” or “faith”. The Greek word “pistis” which is the root word for the entries SEC 4100 and 4102 occur 241 times in the NT as believe/believing/believeth/ and 245 times as faith.
If I am innocent and you judge me falsely, you will lose trust in me.
If I am not innocent and you realize that I am not innocent, you will not trust me.
Whom you trust, God or man, is based upon your judgment of their trustworthiness.
The day in which we live is fully described by the prophet Micah.
7 Woe is me! for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grapegleanings of the vintage: there is no cluster to eat: my soul desired the firstripe fruit.
2 The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net.
3 That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward; and the great man, he uttereth his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up.
4 The best of them is as a brier: the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity.
5 Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.
6 For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man's enemies are the men of his own house.
7 Therefore I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.
Be careful about putting your trust in men. I did not say, “Don’t rust men.” I said be careful. But don’t be careful about trusting God. Trust in Him with all your heart, mind and strength.
Be as the man Job who is often quoted but seldom followed.
Job 13:15, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him:”