Whom Do You Trust?

Then the Rabshakeh said to them, “Say now to Hezekiah, ‘Thus says the great king, the king of Assyria: “What confidence is this in which you trust? 5I say you speak of having plans and power for war; but they are mere words. Now in whom do you trust, that you rebel against me? 6Look! You are trusting in the staff of this broken reed, Egypt, on which if a man leans, it will go into his hand and pierce it. So is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who trust in him’
— Isaiah 36:4-6 NKJV

Words carry with them the power of life and death. Every day we all face challenges of many kinds and many different degrees of difficulty. People generally respond to these life challenges in one of two ways. There are the overcomers, and there are those who are overcome. The first prevail; the second give up. Human strength has its limitations. If we have only ourselves to rely on, our journey becomes very lonely—and hard. Our Father places people around us for the purpose of forming relationships. Successful relationships require trust on both sides. Many relationships go astray, often because of loss of or betrayal of trust. This is nothing new; it stems from the first man, Adam, who hid (separated) himself from the Father after he sinned. It was the Father Himself who came looking for him.

The most valuable relationship any of us can have is when we trust in the Father. Skeptics might call this a “blind trust.” How can one put one’s trust in one who cannot be seen? A healthy relationship should be tangible. One should be able to connect with another person on the basis of seeing that person, thus knowing that person is present also. But the Father is Spirit. Trusting in one whom you don’t see presents a problem! As we pursue our relationship with the Father, a spiritual bond grows between He and us. We relate to Him in spirit because we are spirit, soul, and body. Listening to His still small voice imparts extraordinary strength to our lives. Spirit begets spirit. We are not moved by the external factors that create a sense of hopelessness. Neither are we moved by positive thinking. When things go wrong and seem not to be working in our favor, our response becomes a litmus test of whether we prefer listening to the manmade solutions of people who have no relationship with the Father, or whether we stay on course with the Father.

No matter how difficult life becomes, our journey serves as the place where our faith muscles are exercised, helping us gain tremendous spiritual strength. When we walk with the Father, we begin to experience an insurmountable peace in the certainty that He fulfills His promises. When God says it, He does it! Nothing can be taken away from it. Man may take offense at the Father and walk away. He might resort to complaining angrily and lashing out to hurt others because of the pain inflicted on him by his own struggles. But those with walk with the Father, stand strong knowing that trusting in Him is their confidence. With this mindset, they overcome everything that comes along, with no doubt at all that the Father is true to His every word.