This post is slightly different. In order to confirm or substantiate a particular point, I normally, and rightly so, quote from the Bible. In this post, at least to start with, I will give three quotations on trust, not from the Scriptures but from business community and one of the most famous American Presidents. After all, I should stick with my Blog name “In Search of Moderation” – must look from all sides …!
This simple down to earth explanation of trust on consumer products caught my attention while waiting at my dentist’s office, reading the Canadian Reader’s Digest Magazine, titled “Trust Matters”. According to the article, ”building consumer confidence is tough…. So what makes Canadians trust a business…Integrity, Engagement, high quality products”.
I noticed this second quote from Pennzoil Corp. displayed on the wall of Jiffy Lube, ironically, while (again) waiting, this time for an oil change for my car: “A good business reputation does not spring up overnight, but grows slowly and soundly because it is rooted in the solid ground of customer satisfaction”.
The last definition is a familiar quote, yet both funny and realistic from Abraham Lincoln, the 16th U.S President on trust, perhaps on the lack of it: “If you once forfeit the confidence trust of your fellow citizen, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time”.
While quote 1 and 2 are meant for products and services, quote 3 is for human character. Now let me take it to a higher ground: trust between people and trust between people and God.
Here is my take. Trust is one of the noble characteristics of a person and I wish to illustrate it, again from three Old Testament Bible characters, even at their very challenging circumstances:
-General Naaman ( for space and word count I will continue on Naaman as Part 2 in my next post #115).
Any little child who has gone to a Sunday School, I take it, has learned the story of David and Goliath. The battle was supposed to be between Goliath and King Saul, who, by the way, was tall, head and shoulders above any man in Israel. Evidently, even Saul was no match for Goliath. There was no challenger to Goliath in all of Israel except a young shepherd. David was not supposed to be there. He actually got into trouble with his elder brothers for leaving the sheep and sauntering the battle field.
Picture David, a youngster approaching the giant, with a slingshot (Catapult), possibly home made and five smooth stones. The location was near the valley of Elah. Goliath, on the contrary, was fully equipped with weapon and heavy protective gears. Imagine the juxtaposition, the giant and the young shepherd. Goliath looking at David made fun asking “am I a dog” ? The rest is history. Though a familiar story I wrote these lines purposely to highlight the great victory, the killing of the giant and the demolition of the Philistine army. What was the secret of this giant victory ? One man, one word: “trust” in God !
He was scared, literally when news came that three neighbouring kings of the Moabites, Ammonites and Meunites combined their armies and resources to destroy Judah. He sought the Lord for help, proclaiming a fast and prayer, when the spirit of the Lord (the Holy Spirit very much in action in the Old Testament)came upon one Jahaziel whom God used to instruct the king a unique war, and how to face the enemies and win the battle. He reassured Jehoshaphat “the battle is not yours, but God’s”. Again a remarkable victory. The details are in 2 Chronicles 20. One man, one word: Trust in God !
While I am on the subject of Trust allow me to write a short family experience. I am sure you have gone through similar experiences.
I recall trying to teach my young daughters the swimming basics. Back in 1971 we were living in a small (not anymore) town called Bradford north of Toronto. As new immigrants we could not afford to send them to swimming lessons. So I took them to a nearby pond called Scanlon Creek and kind of pushed them into the muddy waters just a little deeper than their shoulders. I could see their faces, fears and tears. I kept on telling them “do not be afraid, Daddy is with you”. The point is basically “trust me”. Well, my daughters have their own grown kids now. And guess what, they all can swim, and I must confess, far better than me. Trust overcomes fear. Reminds us of Jesus’ own words “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit ( to trust) to them that ask him?”
Whether it is at the valley of Elah between David and Goliath,or the gorge between Jehoshaphat against the combined forces of three kings, or the historic Waterloo between Wellington and Napoleon,or the El Alamein between Field Marshal Montgomery, “the desert rats” and the Nazi Erwin Rommel, the “desert Fox”, it is that small five letter word again and again, TRUST in our Supreme Commander, “the Lord of Hosts” in whom there is no variableness nor shadow of turning”.
Rejoice, “don’t worry, be happy” (remember Bobby McFerrin ?) but “TRUST you must in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding”. Proverbs 3:5.
Sing with me this good old hymn by John H. Sammis, 1887, titled When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word:
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
God bless, Danny Paul