The Untrusting Hitchhiker

Question: How can you trust someone you don’t know?

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Answer: You can’t!

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Once, after spinning my car off into the ditch on an icy road, I hitched a ride from a young couple in a pick-up truck. I was slightly apprehensive; I was ready to bail out my door if anything weird started to happen. I was relieved when they dropped me off at the nearest gas station. I did not have any specific reason to not fully trust these do-gooders… other than – I did not know them. They were strangers. It is impossible to really trust a stranger (to trust a stranger really isn’t trust – its naivety and foolishness).

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Do you sometimes have trouble trusting God? I do.
?Is he really in control? Is he aware of the stress and chaos in my life? Does he care? Is he truly paying attention?

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This week I have been reading Psalm 25 over and over again; especially verse one:

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“To you O Lord, I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God”

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That is awesome. I would love to present myself before God without any fear, or worry or doubts. I want to grow to be that kind of person. But how?

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Answer: Get to know him better. Spend time with him. I cannot trust a stranger or even a casual acquaintance. The people in my life that I trust implicitly are, without exception, people I have logged a lot of hours with. Through experience I know they are trustworthy. My trust in them is based upon what I have personally seen and experienced with them.

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Our trust in God is a dynamic, fluid, growing thing. To intentionally develop my trust in him I must spend time getting to know him better. The primary way this is done is to spend time in his word. He reveals himself to me there. As I meditate upon his character my faith grows because I understand more fully who God is and what he is like.

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The couple that gave me a ride might have been on par with Billy Graham and Mother Teresa but since I didn’t know them it was impossible for me to relax.

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I want to trust God more. Therefore I will spend time with him. To know him is to trust him – for he is trustworthy!

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Peace,
?Dave

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