— Proverbs 3:5-6
How many times have have people in your life end a conversation with the phrase, “trust me?“. And how many times, after the dust has settled, as it becomes uncomfortably clear that the statements or actions could not be trusted?

Trust is hard and in fact it can be argued that trust is one of the biggest obstacles preventing the formation of meaningful adult friendships and relationships. And when you consider that 25% of adults, when surveyed, state that they do not have at least five meaningful friendships or relationships, we can see that trust is a pretty big deal.

Although God does provide the template for the framework for godly friendships and relationships, today’s focus is the reality that there is always One who is completely trustworthy. when you consider the characteristics of one who is trustworthy, there can be no disputing that God “checks“ all of the “trust” boxes.

The very essence of God is truth. He cannot lie. He will never breaks a promise. If He says He will do it, you can consider it done. and because God is truth, his word can always be trusted. In other words, God always means what He says, and says what He means.

There is accountability in His truth, and that even when the truth is uncomfortable and convicting, God will not withhold it to make us feel better. God can never be viewed as a negative “enabler“.

Just as God transcends time, the truth of his essence and his word is timeless. It reaches beyond culture and trends and is the same yesterday, today and forever.

So as you journey through life, seek the wisdom of God and His Word when searching for true and trustworthy friends. Regardless of where your journey may take you or how slim the pickings may be as it relates to finding individuals you can trust, never forget that you can always count on God!

Rev Christopher Conti, MD is the Lead Pastor of Emmanuel Pittsburgh and a licensed emergency medicine physician, author and Christian life coach.




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