Who do you trust? How much do you trust? These are questons that help to reveal the strength and closeness of our relationship with another. Where there is much trust, there is the relationship is strong and the intimacy of the heart is great—but where trust is limited, broken, or does not exist—the relationship is weak and distant.
To trust is to put your confidence in, to rely on, or to depend on. The greater your trust the less suspicious, doubful and fearful you are. This is why we can more carefully consider the critique and rebuke of a friend we trust. The same words, however, from someone without our trust brings about less consideration and more anger, defensiveness, and retort. Proverbs 27:6 says, “Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.”
Even more important is not our trust in others—but our trust in God. Over and over in Scripture God is portrayed as the One we should trust above all others. Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart…” and in Proverbs 29:25 we are told, “…whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.” Our trust in God is rewarded. Romans 4 reminds us that Abraham trusted God when he was told that he would “become the father many nations.” Romans 4:21 says that Abraham was “fully convinced that God was able to do what He had promised.” In the New Testament Paul demonstrates his trust in God over and over. In 2 Corinthians 12:9 Paul continues to trust in God after God does not remove his “thorn” because God tells him “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Paul reassures Timothy that there is no need to be ashamed when you suffer (some people still believed the way Job’s friends did—bad things only happen to those who are bad). In 2 Timothy 1:12, Paul says that depite his suffering, he knows that God “is able to guard what he entrusted to Him.”
God, Himself, declares to you, “For I know the plans I have for you, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Do not fear, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Jeremiah 29:11; Isaiah 41:10)
Christianity is not the acceptance of or adherence to certain beliefs, doctrines or ideas. Rather, it is simply devotion to God, in whom complete trust is placed.