What’s Your TRUST Foundation?
What’s Your TRUST Foundation?
“And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you” (Psalm 9:10).
Survey after survey shows that trust is a big deal. No, let me rephrase that. Survey after survey shows that lack of trust is a big deal. I’m not sure this is a “new” thing; after all trust issues go all the way back to the garden of Eden, don’t they? I guess you could say Adam and Eve were the first ones who failed the trust test, and we’ve been struggling with trusting one another—and trusting God—ever since.
Look at these staggering numbers:
- 58% or people say they trust strangers more than their own boss. (Harvard Business Review)
- 55% of CEOs believe a lack of trust in the workplace constitutes a foundational threat to their company. (PWC survey)
- More than 50% of the citizens living in 68 countries didn’t trust one another. (Journal of Public Affairs)
- Between 50% and 80% of surveyed employees don’t trust HR. (TeamBlind Survey)
Lack of trust, coupled with dishonesty and lack of integrity, seems to be our modus operandi, and my hunch is we’ve become almost numb to it. Maybe some have even come to expect it?
According to Pew Research, even Christians—47% to be exact—express concerns about religious institutions (be they churches or nonprofits) and worry that those institutions are too concerned with money and power, which ultimately erode trust.
The Other Side of Trust
But there is another side of trust that produces incredible fruit if cultivated. As it turns out, there is much to gain from a high trusting culture. Gallup’s research shows that:
“…Having a strong connection with one’s work and colleagues, feeling like a real contributor, and enjoying ample chances to learn—consistently leads to… higher productivity, better-quality products, and increased profitability.”
Employees from high-trust workplaces report:
- Being 106% more energetic at work
- Feeling 76% more engaged with their jobs
- Experiencing 74% less stress
- Having 29% more satisfaction with life in general
In order to fully understand trust, to be able to extend trust, and to become someone who is trustworthy, we have to go back to the beginning.
When Adam and Eve chose not to trust God but rather to trust the deceitful words of the serpent, they destroyed the very foundation of trust. Their distrust of God, His truth and His goodness not only separated them from God, but it also became the foundation for relational distrust in general.
When we decide we can’t trust that God is who He says He is, that He knows best, that His desire is for our well-being (even when circumstances seem to contradict that), we crush the very foundation of trust. As a result, we begin to lead out of our misplaced sense of trust, by putting our trust in people, financial security or success—all of which will ultimately disappoint us!
God’s Word constantly reminds us that trusting God is the only safe bet!
Proverbs 3:5 says: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.”
Psalm 37:5 says: “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.”
Isaiah 26:3-4 reminds us: “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.”
And Psalm 40:4 tells us: “Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie!”
Trusting others should be the overflow of trusting God first. When we put our complete trust in God, we’ll become spiritually discerning, which will, in turn, help us know those in whom we can place our trust.
What does God’s Word say about putting our trust in men or man-made solutions?
Trust in Man
Jeremiah 17:5 warns us: “Thus says the Lord: ‘Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord.’”
Psalm 118:8 reminds us: “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.”
Trust in Our Own Wisdom
Proverbs 28:26 says: “Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool.…”
Trust in Man-Made Power
Psalm 118:9 says: “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.”
Isaiah 31:1 says: “Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many and in horsemen because they are very strong, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel or consult the Lord!”
Where’s Your Trust?
As leaders, it’s tempting to place our trust in things or people rather than God. Sometimes it’s just seems easier and more expedient to trust our own cleverness or other men in order to create certain outcomes. But in the end, this misplaced trust will drive unintended results. People will disappoint us. Our own wisdom will fail us. Other powerful people will at times betray our trust.
But when our foundation of trust is the Lord, when we trust in His Name, when we trust in His Word—it is only then that we can cultivate a Spirit-discerned culture of trust in our personal and professional spheres of influence.
Where is your trust?
(Note: All Scripture in this blog are from the English Standard Version (ESV)
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