Greetings and good morning brothers and sisters This is Dr. James Perry continuing with our series
where we seek to explore the deeper meanings of our relationship with Jesus Christ. Over the years,
the heavenly Father has revealed many revelations of spiritual truth to me, and I want to share them
with you. This morning we seek to understand the necessity of trust.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Necessity of Trust
"Blessed are all they that put their trust in Him." Psalms, Chapter 2, Verse 12
Brothers and sisters, trust is a spiritual quality that is very difficult for us to maintain. Everything
in our material environments tell us that we cannot trust any material thing for very long. Everything
in this life has a beginning and an end. No matter how smooth things may appear to be, there is
always some change occurring, and sometimes these changes have devastating consequences. Even
when earning our livelihoods, we cannot be certain that our employment will continue to be
available, and yet we must assume that it will. Even in our purely personal relationships oftentimes,
this trust is a hard quality to maintain, simply because so many of us are not trustworthy. Some of
us cannot be relied on to carry out their trust related to a relationship.
Now this is not true of all of us but is for many. Untrustworthy folks are like rotten apples, spoiling
many apples and permeating the rest of them with its putrid essence. Widespread lack of trust makes
it hard for us to develop trust among each other. And yet this is exactly what we must learn to do.
We must learn to trust each other despite the real possibility of having our trust dashed upon the
rocks of irresponsibility and immaturity. Our status is somewhat of a paradox: we are both material
and spiritual. There is a great tendency for our material natures to eclipse our spiritual nature. This
material nature is purely selfish. Its main mandate is to survive at all cost. At the same time, we are
endowed with a moral sense and a divine spirit that ever urges us to be trustworthy and responsible.
But these moral and spiritual urges are not overpowering. Since we have free will, we can ignore
But in the face of the selfish urges in our minds, our souls begin to respond to the spiritual urges.
They urge us to develop capacity for trustworthiness in the very face of the lack of trustworthiness
in our environment. We simply must develop trustworthiness and moral responsibility. When we
look at our social environment, we see the disaster that is a result of the lack of trustworthiness.
Because we have a divine spirit, we can visualize a potential social environment where
trustworthiness is a fact of existence. So despite the real possibility of betrayal, most of us value
trustworthiness. Even those who practice being trustworthy the least expect that their investment in
trust will be honored. And they are the ones who cry the loudest when their trust is disappointed. Is
there any deliverance from this predicament of needing to trust, in the face of untrustworthiness?
Trustworthiness is a spiritual value and is closely related to loyalty. If we did not have the experience
of being disappointed by our trust in others, we would not be able to grasp the concept of being truly
trustworthy. The ability to function as a trusting individual in our social environment is linked to
wisdom on the part of the person trusting and to maturation in the person being trusted. Associated
with the acquirement of wisdom is the ability of the trust bestower to accurately assess the loyalty
of the potential recipient. It seems that even when the person is capable of shouldering the
responsibility, if there is no loyalty to trust itself-- be it in a relationship or in some other function--
trust is doomed to be disappointed. Associated with the capacity for responsibility is the required
knowledge to carry it out. Wisdom takes all of these factors into consideration before directing the
will to lodge trust in someone. But as the individual begins to trust, he becomes skilled at assessing
all of these factors, and the result is wisdom, which increasingly justifies trust in another individual.
As this wisdom begins to reach supreme levels, there is less and less betrayal of trust because the
trust is not given to someone who is unsuited for it. We would not give a 6-year-old a loaded gun
to play with no matter how much the child desired it, neither would we lodge trust with someone
who is unworthy of it. The way to acquire trust and to be trustworthy is the way of being dedicated
to doing the Father's will. This practice of substituting the human will for the divine will has the sure
effect of transforming human nature so that is becomes imbued with trust as well as trustworthiness.
Trust becomes absolutely necessary as we shed these material bodies and make ready for the
technique of resurrection. As we learn to master ““uncertainty with security," trust becomes essential
to securing peace of mind and tranquility of spirit. Marching into events blindfolded, as it were, to
unfolding events, we need to exercise the trust that is essential for success. The infinite and eternal
Father can never be known in His entirety. Always will we discover more and more of Him. And in
our personal relationships with Him this means the ever-increasing discovery of divine values and
meanings. These are linked with the unfolding and unknown events of our journeys. These events
are unknown beforehand, not because the Father is hiding them from us, but rather because we have
not developed capacity to comprehend them.
We develop capacity by making decisions. Trust, then, is essential because often the events are such
that we cannot discern their true meaning and value prior to going through the experience. It requires
trust to continue the experience. The Father is absolutely reliable and trustworthy, the Father is trust,
but we will never even begin to discover this if we don't learn how to trust, the acquirement of which
begins right here and now. Trust and faith, wholeheartedly believing without doubt, are the keys to
unlocking the eternal and infinite realities of the heavenly Father. These realities are truth, beauty,
and goodness, united in love.
This concludes today's message on the meaning of the necessity of trust. We hope you find
something in this message to ponder and pray about as you go about your day.
Until next time, this is Dr. James Perry.