Fragile Trust

Immediately Jesus reached out His hand, caught hold of him, and said to him, ‘You of little faith, why did you doubt?’”—Matthew 14:31 (HCSB)

I have a riddle for you . . . 

You can have me but cannot hold me
Gain me and quickly lose me
If treated with care I can be great
And if betrayed I will break
What am I?

The answer is trust. 

It’s been said that trust is more valuable than gold. I’ve always found it to be an extremely fragile, precious thing. And over the years, I’ve seen how the mishandling of trust changes relationships forever—and in some cases, completely crushes them. I’ve seen it with parents and their children, siblings, friends, spouses, coworkers, bosses, public servants, and politicians. 

Sadly, I feel that this constant barrage of broken trust impacts our ability to fully trust and rely on the Lord daily. It impacts our willingness to put things in His hands and lean on Him. Instead, we try to handle everything on our own; we try to do things by our own might and in our own power. This is a recipe for failure. 

We cannot allow our trust in the Lord to be dictated by our experiences with people, because people are imperfect, but God is perfect. People are fickle and always changing, but God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. People breaks promises and abuse trust, but God keeps all His promises and never leaves or forsakes us. 

Peter trusted the Lord Jesus. He loved Him and was fiery and passionate for Him. But he still had moments where he didn’t trust fully, where he doubted because of external experiences, knowledge, and circumstances. And so, in the moment when he should have put his full trust and faith in the One who had just walked on water, Peter sank. 

I feel so much for Peter in this moment, because I have done that so many times. When things around me look crazy and out of control, I try to wrestle control for myself and I sink. Has this ever happened to you? When I worry about having enough money for food, clothes, our home . . . instead of trusting, I sink.

Lord, I pray your children will stop allowing their past experiences, broken relationships, rationalization, and the messages of the world to take their eyes off of You! I pray they will open their hands, put their trust in You, rely on Your strength and power, and walk out in faith wherever You call them.

DIG: Read Matthew 14:22–33. Why should you not allow your experiences with others and the brokenness of human trust impact your trust in the Lord?

DISCOVER: Think of times where you have tried to do things on your own strength instead of in trust and reliance on the Lord. How have those situations turned out? How do you recover when you sink? 

DISPLAY: If you’re holding onto something today, trying to do it all on your own, in your power, relying on yourself to get it done . . . let it go! Commit to fully trusting the Lord and keeping your eyes on Jesus!

About the Author

Danny Saavedra

Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.