Have you ever placed your trust in the wrong person or the wrong thing? Have you ever been let down by someone or something? I think we all have. I’m pretty sure that at one time or another we have all experienced the pain of broken trust.
I know I have. Even as a child, I learned the risk that comes with putting your trust in people. I came from a divorced home and I would often sit, dressed and with an overnight bag in hand, waiting for my Daddy to come and pick me up. Sometimes I’d wait for hours. It was a hard lesson that taught me that sometimes people will let you down. They often do not intend to. My Daddy never really meant to cause hurt. People are broken and flawed and sometimes react out of hurt or to protect themselves. Sometimes, even with the best intentions and with love in their hearts, they fail you. As Christains, we are called to forgive and to continue to act in love regardless.
We’ve all had friends that have failed us. Maybe a confidence has been breached. Maybe you’ve been betrayed. Even the truest friend isn’t infallible. People simply can’t be perfect. We understand that basic fact of human nature and we forgive and move forward in love.
Maybe it’s a spouse that has broken your trust. Marriage is hard, friends. When two flawed people come together, there is bound to be some difficulties. Even the strongest and most loving marriages have experienced some level of hurt.
I adore my husband. He is one of the best men I’ve ever met. He is so kind and caring and compassionate. He is so forgiving and so loving. He is generous beyond belief. However, our marriage has been littered with issues that involve hurt or broken trusts. Every marriage is to one degree or another. We’ve both made mistakes and we have both caused hurt. Regardless, of the challenges that we faced, we embrace our Christian duty to forgive, to be united, and to daily walk forward in love.
Just maybe, it is your own self that you don’t trust. There may be some thing that you are struggling with that has caused you to be the one who breaks trusts or causes hurt. Hurting people sometimes hurt people. It’s often unintentional. I know I’ve been guilty of this. I know that I’ve acted out of pain in a way that has caused hurt to people that I love. But I also know that God can forgive, redeem, and restore.
Here is where all of this gloom and doom takes a beautiful turn for the better. People will fail us. We will even fail ourselves. It is a given. We are sinful people in this flesh. However, that doesn’t mean that we should ever become hard hearted. We should never allow bitterness or unforgiveness to take root in our hearts or in our relationships. We should always seek forgiveness, restoration, and love.
Our hope doesn’t lie in people. Our hope lies in a God who is powerful enough to walk us through any hurt or broken trust that we may face. He is who we look to. We know people will fail us, but we know that God never will.
“Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.”
If you are in that place where your trust has been broken or your heart is hurting, look to the one who takes brokenness and makes it beautiful. Pour our your heart to him. Let Him be your refuge. He has the power to forgive. He gives the power to forgive. He has the power to redeem and restore. He has the power to change hearts and minds. He specializes in taking situations and people that seem too far gone, and turning them in to a beacon of hope. He is trust worthy.
He does that in each and every one of us when we trust in him for salvation. He promises that if we call out to him in our brokenness, ask him for forgivenness, repent, believe in Jesus, trust in His name, and follow him; he will save us from death and hell. If He has the power to save our souls, He has the power to redeem any situation or relationship here on earth.
He is worthy of trust. He is strong and mighty. He is good. He is forgiving and loving. He is merciful and full of grace. He is the God who redeems and restores. He takes our brokenness and makes it beautiful.
And He desperately wants you to trust in Him. First, He wants you to trust in Him for salvation. After that, He wants you to realize that you can trust Him to redeem and restore other areas in your life as well. He wants to heal broken hearts and broken relationships and broken people.
The verses leading up to Psalm 62:8 are a beautiful example of why we can trust him. As you read these verses, meditate on them. Remember His saving power. Think about the fact that He is the only rest for our troubled souls. Trust Him to redeem and restore. Turn all of that brokenness over to Him. Trust in Him to make it beautiful.
Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.
Love and blessings,