For 15 years the hit TV show, Survivor, has captivated viewers while becoming a legend in the world of reality TV.
Every year they mix it up with different cast members, novel twists and a new location. But the premise is pretty much unchanged. Every week they have a different contest to see who will win immunity and keep them from getting booted off the Island!
Survivor contestants try to gain support from one another. It’s a matter of trusting one another, but the reality is…no one trusts anyone else! Why? Because the last remaining survivor will win a million dollars!
Our word of the week is “Trust.” The Bible has a lot to say about the importance of trust.
First and foremost, we must put our trust in God. The wise man advised, “It is better to trust in the Lord, than to put confidence in man.” (PS 118:8).
We live in a world where there is a lack of trust. A recent AP poll indicated that there is a general lack of trust among Americans for each other. Nearly 2/3 say “you can’t be too careful” in dealing with other people.
Trust has to do with confidence. Conviction. And assurance. When we trust someone we believe in their integrity, rely on their word, and live in hope of their promises.
The Bible encourages us to develop the attitude of the Psalmist who wrote, “In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? (PS 56:11)
Our trust in God cannot be half-hearted. The Bible exhorts, Trust in the LORD with all your heart (Prov. 3:5)
The Bible uses the word heart to refer to the entirety of a person. It involves our feelings and emotions. But it is more. It is our will. Our intellect. Our conscience.
To trust with all of our heart means to trust in totality. Completely. Absolutely. With Your whole life. Your entire purpose and reason for living is wrapped up in Him.
We understand this commitment, when we take our marriage vows, when we say, “forsaking all others….” That means our whole heart! That’s what God desires.
Trusting in God with our entire being means to give up trust in everything and everyone else! Consider these warnings about misplaced trust.
(1) Don’t trust in human wisdom. The wise man warned, “lean not on your own understanding “(Prov. 3:5)
Trusting God with your whole heart finally says, “You’re not smart enough to do this on your own!” Human knowledge is limited. Worldly wisdom is often flawed. Fleshly feelings can be deceptive.
Without God we lack eternal perspective. Our view is dim. And our insight is confined by our narrow range of experience. Indeed, “He who trusts in himself is a fool” (Prov. 28:26)
(2) Don’t trust in riches. Paul told Timothy to “Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy” (I Tim. 6:17)
Jesus warned us that earthly treasurers are temporary. Uncertain. And subject to ruin (Matt 6:19-21) Don’ trust in wealth!
(3) Don’t trust in earthly leaders. Politicians and political parties are not worthy of our trust. They can let us down. Mislead us. And even lie to us! The Bible admonishes, “It is better to trust in the Lord Than to put confidence in princes. (PS 118:9)
Trust is important in life. It’s good to have close friends we can trust. But our ultimate trust ought to be in God. May we say with the prophet Isaiah, “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” (Isa. 12:2)
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman