Every time I’ve ever seen the word trustworthy, it’s written just like that; as one word, trustworthy. So you may be wondering why I wrote it the way I did; as two words, trust worthy. I wrote it that way because I think that we sometimes overlook the true meaning of trustworthiness. I also think that it’s easier to understand what it means when it’s written as two words.
In this post, I would like to look at three things: what being trustworthy means, why God is trustworthy, and what happens when we put our trust in Him.
1. What does it mean to be trustworthy? This is where the two word thing comes in. What happens when we flip the words trust worthy around? It becomes worthy trust. Sounds silly, doesn’t it? But the thing is, all you have to do is throw a couple words in for it to make sense. When someone is trustworthy, it means they our worthy of our trust. Usually, the way we know that someone is trustworthy is that they’ve proved it in some way, which leads me to the second point:
2. Why is God trustworthy? When we get saved, it means we are putting our trust in Him. So, obviously, before we get saved we would want to know why we can trust God? Personally, I wouldn’t put my faith in just anyone, until I knew they were trustworthy.
So what has God done to prove he’s trustworthy? We find it in one, amazing, timeless verse:
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (NIV)
The answer to our question is found in the beginning of this verse: “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son….” As teens, most of us can’t understand what this really means. We don’t know what it is like to have a child, to love a child that you call your own. But I can tell you this: It was no easy thing. It wasn’t something God did on the spur of a moment. But God loved us enough to do it anyway, no matter how much pain it caused Him to send His Son into the world to die for us. He sacrificed so much for us; that is truly something that tells me his is worthy of our trust.
3. So what happens when we put our trust in Him? Let me share with you a verse from 2 Kings 18:5 (NIV):
“Hezekiah trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him.”
Hezekiah was a king of Israel. Because he put his trust in God, he was successful, unique; he made an impact in history. He did this because he trusted in God and allowed God to work in his life, to lead him in the right direction. We need to do this same! Pray to God and tell Him you put your trust in Him, and that you’re ready for Him to lead you and work in your life.
Our God is a trust worthy God!