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  • Eric Kampmann

Authentic Trust

See Psalm 56:3–6

Have you checked your internal “trust meter” lately? We all have one, but we usually don’t pay much attention to it as we usually operate on trust autopilot. Remove us from our familiar environments, however, and watch our “trust meters” go haywire. Suddenly, suspicious characters are seen to be lurking around every corner; business transactions that once were done on a handshake are now reviewed by a battery of lawyers; and tomorrow always seems to bring a new crisis. When trust evaporates, fear and doubt flood through the breach.

Jesus shows us what the authentic life of trust looks like. During much of His ministry, He was beset with threats and trouble on all sides, but He kept his composure with every circumstance. For He placed his trust in the one place where it should repose—God the Father.

While Jesus came to save sinful men, He never put his trust in mortals, “For he knew all men” (John 2:24). He did not need man’s testimony about man, for He knew what was in a man. “In God I trust; I will not be afraid” should be the rock we stand on. Then in times of confusion and change, we can remain confident and secure: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me” (John 14:1).

—Eric Kampmann, Signposts

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