New York politician Alfred E. Smith is credited with coining the phrase, “No matter how thin you slice it, it’s still baloney.” I feel that way sometimes when I have put my trust in people’s word and they let me down. But then I have to ask myself, is the onus entirely on them? After all, human frailty being what it is, even the most trustworthy and consistently reliable person will at some point fail the one to whom they have given their word. Even so, it is a painful experience when someone doesn’t honor their word or keep their promises, particularly when it is someone we love and trust. Therein lies the problem.
The only one in whom we can place 100% faith and trust is God. Nobody keeps their word like Him. He says what He means, means what He says, and on that we can rely (Numbers 23:19 NKJV). He reveals Himself in the Bible as one who keeps His covenant promises to a thousand generations for those who love Him and live according to His word (Deuteronomy 7:9 NKJV). In our closest relationships there must be a degree of trust for the relationship to grow and flourish, and it’s nearly impossible to trust a person who does not keep their word. However, I think even that must be kept in perspective, especially for the believer. Something I have often said to my husband is “even if I can’t trust YOU, I trust God.” What I mean by that is, no matter the situation, even disappointment and betrayal, God’s got me, He ensures that I’m okay and that I keep my eyes on Him and neither the offender nor the offense. So, I’m learning to take some things with a grain of salt. But when God gives me His word and says He is going to do something, I know I can count on it (II Corinthians 1:20). His is a much better “Yes”.