I am blessed to have some very trustworthy friends and an incredibly trustworthy family. How do I know this? Because they have been true to their word. When they have said they were going to do something, they did it, so I now know I can count on them. It seems a person can only become trustworthy by proving him- or herself over time.
It is the same with God. Personally, we will only know how trustworthy He is by allowing Him opportunities to be trusted. Fortunately, we don’t have to come at this blind, or without anything to hang our hat on. We have an advantage as the Bible is chock full of examples of God being true to His word. Some, like the following, we are probably very familiar with.
God kept His word to Abraham that he would have a son in his old age, that from his offspring He would make a great nation, and that he would inherit the land of Canaan. All three transpired.
Joshua was promised the defeat of Jericho, and it was fulfilled. God promised Noah that he and his family would be saved from the flood, and they were. God promised Gideon victory over the Midianites; it happened with only 300 men who never raised a weapon.
These are only a few of the many Biblical stories demonstrating that God is indeed trustworthy. But there was a catch—maybe two. First, each of these individuals had to be willing to trust God, to believe the promise He gave them, and then to show that they did, they had to obey what He asked of them.
So yes, God IS trustworthy. Time after time after time, the Bible recounts the promises He makes and the fulfillment of those promises. Yes, He is worthy of our trust. He has never broken a promise.
However, in order for each one of us to experience His trustworthiness we have to act individually. We too must give Him opportunities and situations which require us to take Him at His word, and then we must step out and obey.
So let’s do just that.