Should leaders be concerned about trusting the follower, or the follower… about trusting the leader? I submit: Neither. I’m not concerned about my trust for… or against anyone. I’m concerned only about self-trust, and even that is limited.
I realize that “no one” will ever meet my standards of trust, accepting: GOD. All others fail. It is made very clear in Proverbs 3:5 – “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”
This sums up the Bible’s teaching on trust. It is the Lord in whom we are to trust, not ourselves or our plans, and certainly not the worldly wisdom and devices. We trust in the Lord because He alone is Trustworthy.
Ok… a bit more realistically. I “just about trust” anyone/everyone… until they prove to me otherwise. But the FACT is… over the years; I’ve found very few who are really “all that deserving” of my TRUST. Why so… I wonder? Well…my standard of TRUST is, really… pretty simple.
Matthew 5:36-38 tells us, very clearly… “Nor should you swear by your head, for you cannot make a single hair white or black. Simply let your YES be YES, and your NO…be NO. Anything more comes from the evil one. You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye and tooth for tooth.’”
This should explain my rationale. Over the years, I’ve found that when you get “so wrapped up” in who you can trust, or not, and allow that process to consume you…such, that “it” becomes the project. I simply use my “gut reaction” to make the determinations that I must make (also using other such necessary available data), and I “move forward,” and not wasting time on the “trust factor.” It’s worked for me very well, over the years, and that is “my take” on the “matter of trust.”
Ultimately… I TRUST my own instincts, and I TRUST that God will lead me through the maze…called the “journey of life,” to the Kingdom…called Eternal Life…