Do you trust Jesus?

Interesting question I know. And most of us would be quick to respond with a resounding “Yes!” But pause just a moment, do you actually trust Him?

In a moment of crisis, when worry and anxiety knocks at your door, when the pressure of life presses upon you – is your first turn Jesus? Do you throw yourself fully upon Him with confidence that He, and only He is the solution? Do you fully place your hope, faith, and trust in Him?

We know what the right answer is suppose to be, but how do we live in reality? Do we truly trust Jesus or do we place our confidence in something else?

We must remember that anytime we run toward anything besides Jesus, our trust and faith is misplaced. Sure, there might appear to be a moment of calm if we turn to our own wisdom, or finances, or our ability … but it is fleeting. We might long to wallow in the misery or worry, thinking that perhaps the punishment of the moment might satiate reality.

But turning to anything besides Jesus only leads to disillusionment, despair, and discouragement.

We need Jesus. And we must put our hope and trust in Him.

Proverbs 3:5-6 commands us to “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”

Psalm 37:7 says it slightly different with the emphasis on “rest.” The passage declares: “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.”

Isaiah likewise reminds us, “Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For YAH, the LORD, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation'” (Isaiah 12:2). And Jeremiah writes, “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD” (Jeremiah 17:7).

But how do we begin to trust Jesus?

Trust is built by consistently and faithfully living out one’s word.

If I told you that I’d meet you at 7am tomorrow morning for coffee, but I showed up at 7:20, you might not think anything about it. But if am always late, then when I say 7am, you’d know that likely won’t be true. Yet if I am always on time and have never been late, you know you can trust my word.

If you lose trust with someone, how do you gain trust back? You must faithfully prove oneself over time. Trust takes time.

So how do we begin to build a greater trust in Jesus? Look at His faithfulness and character.

He is the Faithful One. He is Faithful and True. He cannot lie for He is truth itself. He has always been faithful – turn to any page in your Bible and you will be overwhelmed by the faithfulness of our amazing God. His timing is often not ours, but He has only ever been faithful.

Paul even reminds us that even “if we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself” (2 Timothy 2:13).

The question is not “is Jesus trustworthy?” The better question is, “since He is trustworthy, do I trust Him?”

No matter what you may be going through, make your first turn Jesus Christ.

Do you trust Him? Really?

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