Trust always Implies Integrity and Confidence

Psalm 20:7 Put your trust in the Good Shepherd.

Trust is belief. It is confidence and it is based on truth, dependability, integrity and the ability of those trusted to act according to both moral and legal requirements.

When I hear the word “trust” I think of three things. These are listed in order of importance. First, the one of least importance.

The Winquist Revocable Trust

Winquist Revocable TRUST

Part of our estate planning includes our wills, Power of Attorney for health care, and a trust. The trust holds valuable assets like our Ford Escape and our home in Fitchburg. It also includes our checking account and one of our brokerage accounts. Most of our other assets, including our IRA accounts, are not in the trust. However, they do have beneficiary designations. Those who are trustees are trusted to act with integrity, honoring the trust agreement language.

The Husband’s Heart of Trust

Cindie and Wayne Winquist, July 3, 1976

Cindie and I said a lot of “I do’s” when we were married at Garfield Baptist Church in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin on July 3, 1976. We trusted in each other’s words. They weren’t just words, they were promises to be kept. While neither one of us has been perfect, I have been blessed with a wife who loves me and my heart safely trusts in her. I never think she has anything less than my good in mind. While she would acknowledge that she is not a perfect person, and we would all do well to be like the “Proverbs 31” woman (men included!), she does me good and has done so for 46 years and the years before that when we met via the US Mail.

An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.

The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain.

She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. Proverbs 31:10-12

Trust in the Lord

This is the one of first importance. This Sunday I will be preaching the final sermon in a series of sermons from Solomon’s book of Ecclesiastes. The text is Ecclesiastes 12:9-14. You might be inclined to read this section and think, “this doesn’t talk about trust.” However, I believe that it does. It talks about trusting the one Shepherd and what he has said.

Fear God and Keep His Commandments

Ecclesiastes 12:9-14 ESV

“Besides being wise, the Preacher also taught the people knowledge, weighing and studying and arranging many proverbs with great care. The Preacher sought to find words of delight, and uprightly he wrote words of truth.

The words of the wise are like goads, and like nails firmly fixed are the collected sayings; they are given by one Shepherd. My son, beware of anything beyond these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil. Ecclesiastes 12:9-14

How to Identify a Follower of Jesus

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) I trust these words of Jesus. He spoke them to a man who wanted to know how a man could be born when he is old. You can find his words in John’s Gospel, chapter 3.

Trusting in the promises and finished work of Jesus is essential for this life and the one to come.

Five Minute Friday

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All scripture passages are from the English Standard Version except as otherwise noted.