The T word

imageWhen we trust and are hurt, it can be devastating. You may have a wound which won’t seem to heal that is a result of broken trust. If so, I’m sorry. I truly am.

It may be that, because others have failed you, the idea of trusting God with your heart, your hopes and dreams, your life is frightening. “I’ve tried this before and look what it got me. I’ll handle this on my own, thank you very much.”

If I may, I’d like to show you a different picture of trust, a snapshot of trusting in God. It’s from the 7th chapter of the book of Daniel. You may have heard the story before.

Daniel was an Israelite noble. His land and home were attacked by the Babylonians, a neighboring country, and he was taken captive. He was placed in the service of the king. God gave him special talents and, because of these gifts, he rose to a position of power in this foreign land. The king had plans to make him second in command.

This high position was an aggravation to the local leaders who would report to him, so they laid plans to trap Daniel. They convinced the king to announce this decree (verse 7): anyone who prays to any god or human being during the next thirty days, except to you, Your Majesty, shall be thrown into the lions’ den. Daniel continued to worship God, so he was thrown into the lions’ den.

Daniel was betrayed. Look at verse 17:

A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel’s situation might not be changed.

Do you feel the same? Has the very person who hurt you marked your situation as final? Have those you trusted abandoned you to the lions, closed the only means for escape, and then left you in the dark, alone?

I assure you that you are not alone. Reassign your trust to God and watch him move. He will close the lions’ mouths. He will not leave you. Look at Daniel’s situation when the king returns to check on him the next day (verse 23).

And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.

Because he trusted in God, even though he was still in the lions’ den, he was safe. There was no wound on him, although he was surrounded by danger.

I urge you to try once more. Even if you’ve been hurt time and again, even if others have consistently failed you, give trust one more chance. Trust one more time… in God. He’s waiting for you.






About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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