Trusted Source

trustedsource1When the dialog box popped up it not only caught me by surprise, its message caught me off guard.

“This publisher cannot be verified by a trusted source.

The software was from a source I knew, but Windows had questions about its safety for my computer and the company network. While the download was safe, the warning sent my mind in another direction.

What does it mean to be a “trusted source”?

In technology it simply means the content comes from a person or site with which you are both familiar and comfortable that they have the digital security in place that will prevent the passing of harmful code to your computer.  There is actually a reputation score for Internet identities, such as IP addresses, URLs, domains, and email/web content based on compliance with a specified security protocol.

But what about in life? Who is my trusted source?

There is a lot of discussion in contemporary theology about “faith”. There are battles over what faith means, what it looks like, how it is expressed and what it produces when it is exercised.

But no matter how you understand the faith experience and expression, there is common agreement that faith is a response to promise. There is a “word” on which faith is based. “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” (Romans 10:17) It is the “substance of things hoped for” and that hope is based on some revelation of a preferred future. So faith is active engagement with that word or revelation which serves as the “evidence of things not seen”. (Hebrews 11:1)

But what do you do if there is no “word”?

Now of course there is always the Word…the Scripture with its vivid depiction of God’s active involvement in the flow of human history. It is our ultimate hope and undergirding truth.

But what I am referring to are those specific seasons in life when you just really need clear direction for what to do or where to go? You know, those moments when your heart cries out “please God let me know the right thing…I’ll do it…but I need to know!” And there is the deafening silence. Nothing. No word, no direction, no confirmation. No promptings, no signs, no explanations. Not even a quiet inward whisper.

What then?

That is where a deeper understanding, a stronger believing and a more passionate following is required. That deeper knowing is trust. Trust fills in the blanks. Trust takes over where faith comes to a dead end or reaches the end of its rope.

  • It is the confidence of a child jumping into the waiting arms of the Father not because that little guy knows how to swim but because he is sure daddy won’t drop him.
  • It is the rest of a baby at a loving mother’s breast not because that baby understands all she is doing but simply knows mommy will not fail her.
  • It is the surrender of the patient to the skilled hands of the surgeon not because the sick person grasps the details of the operation but because he believes the Doctor does.

Trust says something very different than faith. It is an anchor attached to the bedrock of who God is, not just what He says. Trust assigns to God the highest reputation score.

Trust holds on even when faith has nothing to hold on to.

Trust says:

I don’t know what You are doing, but I know who You are.
Trust is based on the character of God. It doesn’t depend on things being ok, it is convinced that God is good no matter how things are.
I don’t know where You are taking me but I know where You’ve brought me from.
Trust looks back, sees the path clearly and is able to look ahead knowing that there is a path forward even when you can’t see your next step.
I don’t have Your word but I hear Your voice.
Trust remembers each time God has spoken and kept His word and allows peace to control your troubled heart based simply on His echoes.
I don’t how You will do it but I know that what You do will be right.
Trust never forgets the past when God’s providence and care was there. Trust remembers victories won and problems solved.
I don’t know when it will happen but I know it will happen when it is supposed to.
Trust recalls that though it was always scary and often too close for comfort when viewed through the lens of history the timing was perfect.
I don’t know where I am, but I know You are here.
Trust realizes that while I am blind to my location on the journey to destiny, He is present with me in that darkness.

Paul said it this way: “I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I’ve committed unto Him against that day.” (2 Timothy 1:12)

So it now makes sense to me when I read: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart”–the heart grabs ahold of the goodness of God and hangs on tenaciously no matter what. This confidence allows you to “lean not to your understanding” and “in all your ways acknowledge Him”. In spite of all the not knowings, trust is certain that “He will direct your path”. (Proverbs 3:4-5)

Faith hears a word from God and says “It will be!” Trust looks into the heart of God and says “It will be alright!” Faith knows He is good to His word. Trust knows He is good.

Trust clings to God when all Hell breaks loose and believes “When I pass through…you are with me.”

Trust has unshaking confidence in and commitment to the reality that in the face of every situation and in spite of every question, God is the ultimate trusted source.

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