Developing Trust - Part 2

Exodus 20:3-4

So far we have talked about choosing a standard in our lives, about accepting responsibility for our lives, and this morning we want to talk about developing trust.

We are a cynical nation, a doubting nation. We are skeptical of everything and everybody. Customers don't trust business anymore. Employees don't trust managers any more. Nobody trusts the government any more. In a recent survey of the trust level in America it was discovered that the least trusted professions in America are now:

The two most trusted professions in America are: pharmacists and pastors. But I've got news for you; you can't always trust them! People are people and they will let you down.

What's behind this decline in trust in our society? We've heard all the bogus claims and we've heard all the broken promises. Why don't we trust people? Our society doesn't value truth any more. What they value is what works. It doesn't matter if it's true or not. Truth and trust go together.

We trust people who tell us the truth. We don't trust people if we don't think they're telling us the truth. God designed us with the desire to trust in something greater that ourselves because He wanted us to have a relationship with Him. If we don't learn to trust God, we will create something else to trust in. It may be a diploma on the wall. It may be money in the bank. It may be a husband or wife or children. It may be a career, a goal, whatever. But we will create something in which to place our trust or worship.

Any time we trust any person or anything more than God or anytime we value any person or any thing before God that's called an idol. That is a definition of idolatry. It's when we trust anything or anyone else more than God.

The second command of the Ten Commandments says:

Initially, we might think that God is only thinking of Himself with that command, but in reality it is for our good…it is for our benefit that God commands us to avoid idolatry. Why is that?

God tells us that it is for our own good, that we avoid idolatry.

I. What happens when we trust anything else more than God?

II. Why don't we trust God more?

III. Why should we trust God completely?

How do we know if we're really trusting God? We know by observing how quickly we obey Him. Is it immediate? Is it delayed? Do we put up an argument? What do we do? To build our lives upon values that last, we must develop trust in Him.