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12/15/2018
Perspectives: Trusting and trustworthy

By LISA SCARBOROUGH

Do you find this hard to do? Sometimes we make it hard for others to trust us, we bend the truth to suit ourselves, we bend the truth when we don’t want to hurt others, we bend the truth to protect ourselves from what others think about us.

And because life brings hurts and challenges we find trust to be something that is difficult to actively accept.

I have found one who is always trustworthy! He is the Lord. He is always with me no matter what happens in my life. If I walk away from him he is always there waiting for me to come back. He does not lie, steal, cheat or treat me badly for his own selfish reasons. His love is self sacrificing and non judgemental. That is a trust I can take to the bank!

There are many instances of people putting their lives in God’s hands.

Abraham trusted God when he called him to leave his home land and travel to another land God led him to in Canaan. “The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.” Genesis 12:1

Elijah faced down Jezebel’s priests, trusting God to protect him. 1 Kings 18:22-40. The Lord told him to challenge them to a fire off! You sacrifice to your gods and I will sacrifice to mine. Elijah was trusting God to protect him from 100 priests!

Mary trusted the Lord when he told her he had chosen her to bear his son. She was a virgin promised to be married to a man soon who became pregnant through the Holy Spirit. And her answer to this news? I am your servant Lord! Luke 1:38

There are hundreds of tales of trust in the Lord throughout the Bible. And because trust is a two way street and God is 100 percent trustworthy, the question becomes are you? Do you do what you say and say what you mean? Is your “yes” yes, and your “no” no?

If we want to be trusted we must be trustworthy. If you have a relationship with God through his Son Jesus Christ you have the Holy Spirit living in you. He gives us power to do the right thing, to make good choices and to know the Father’s will for our lives. One thing I am certain of is that God wants me to be a woman of my word. Someone that my husband, family and friends can trust to have their backs and best interests at heart. And not just them, but all people I encounter along my life journey. Are you trustworthy? Can you be counted on by all you come in contact with? God’s power to be all you can be in him is just waiting to be invited into your life. Take the ultimate step of trust and ask him in.

Lisa Scarborough is executive director of Love In Action, Ketchikan.

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Perspectives is a regular column sponsored and written by members of the Ketchikan Ministerial Association.