Who Can I Trust When Most People Only Disappoint?

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The subject of trust—or rather lack of trust—fills the headlines these days. How do we tell the good guys from the bad guys? How do we know who is trustworthy and who is not? There are no easy answers, and sometimes the people we believed we could trust most let us down.

But the truth is human beings, including ourselves, are flawed, and we are setting ourselves up for painful disappointment if we think otherwise. Jesus came for the weak, not the strong, and I am grateful that He did. I need mercy and forgiveness regularly, and that means I also need to be ready to give them generously.

So what should we do when people disappoint us? I believe we can trust people without placing trust in them that, in reality, belongs only to God. Jesus talked about this and the apostle John recorded it:

There is not one of us who can say that we have not hurt and disappointed others, or that we have not been hurt and disappointed. I never purposely mean to hurt anyone, but yet I do. Part of being in a relationship requires a willingness to be disappointed and yet find a way to continue building trust, rather than giving up.

So I have decided that I don’t expect anyone (except God) to ever disappoint me. And even with God, I am sometimes initially disappointed when things don’t turn out the way I had hoped they would. But there is a difference between my being disappointed and God disappointing me. My expectations are the source of my disappointment, not God because Scripture teaches that if we put our hope in Him, He never disappoints us (see Romans 5:5).

I find that when I don’t trust God, I am filled with doubt, fear, worry, and anxiety. It is stressful and places a heavy burden on me that I don’t want to carry. But when I trust Him, believing His Word and promises, I have peace and joy and I enjoy life.

If you are having trouble trusting in God, I want to encourage you to pray this simple prayer: “Father, help me learn to trust You.” God is willing to meet you where you are and help you get to where you need to be. That is the good news of the Gospel!


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