By Donna Hughey

Trust is a major factor in just about everything in life. It’s something we all encounter and deal with on a daily basis. In fact, one of the first lessons we learn as children is whether or not to trust — a lesson that usually begins at home within our family unit.

However, we all know trust extends far beyond our families — it extends even to complete strangers. We constantly put our trust in people we do not know — people like airline pilots, doctors, employers and politicians.

While trust is defined as a firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something, it’s also very fragile. So fragile in fact, it can be destroyed in an instant regardless of how long it took to earn.

But because trust isn’t given a place of honor in society like it should be, it’s often abused. Many people, including believers, have learned to use caution when trusting others to avoid being lied to or being taken advantage of. We have a habit of distrusting first, and then if the situation is warranted, slowly move into trusting.

This can also happen with God. Although most of us are aware that trust is needed in any relationship — including our relationship with God — letting our guard down can be difficult, especially if we have trust issues.

The best way to overcome trust issues with God is by knowing who God is. On the surface, this might seem an impossible task but God actually made it quite simple for us: he gave us his son, Jesus Christ. By reading and learning about Jesus in Scripture, we find out who God is — his nature, his character, and his attributes.

Another way of overcoming trust issues with God is by spending time talking with him. For most of us, that usually means prayer. But speaking with God can go much further than designated prayer time. In fact, conversations with God can continue throughout the whole day, which in turn builds and strengthens our relationship with him.

But the best way of overcoming trust issues with God is by witnessing and acknowledging the way he moves in our lives. Listen to this promise from God in Jeremiah:

“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3).

Throughout Scripture God has proven himself to be reliable and trustworthy time and time again. If we would only step back, relinquish control, and let God do his thing, he promises us wonders beyond our imagination. And honestly, wouldn’t life be simpler if we just let go and completely trusted God?

So make a point each day to read God’s word, to pray and to talk with him. Your relationship with God will grow stronger and he’ll give you all the trust you need.

And that’s something we all can use more of.

Donna Hughey is an award-winning Christian author and columnist. She lives in Crescent City.