What is trust? The Webster dictionary says trust is: belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective, etc. What is trustworthiness? Webster says :(1) : a charge or duty imposed in faith or confidence or as a condition of some relationship (2) : something committed or entrusted to one to be used or cared for in the interest of another. Now lets take that a little deeper. If God told you to work for seven years and take one year off, believing that what he provided for you in the first 6 years would get you through year 7 would you trust him enough to do it? I would say that would be something that would take a lot of trust and faith. We are given many examples of what it really looks like to trust God and the benefits that comes with trusting him.
The Israelites were told to sow in their fields for six years, and on the seventh year they were to let the field rest which meant that they could not sow or harvest their field.
New International Version (NIV)
3 For six years sow your fields, and for six years prune your vineyards and gather their crops. 4 But in the seventh year the land is to have a year of sabbath rest, a sabbath to the Lord. Do not sow your fields or prune your vineyards. 5 Do not reap what grows of itself or harvest the grapes of your untended vines. The land is to have a year of rest.
I can only imagine what might have run through their minds. Things like this might have come up. How are we going to eat, will there be enough food for everyone, will their be enough for us to survive for a whole year. They might have even thought, how would I profit from this land without being able to tend to it for a year. Like us today they probably began to worry about how they were going to make out. Today we worry about how are we going to pay our bills, how are we going to provide for our children, how are we going to be able to make it with the economy today. So we can relate to the way that they were feeling. The funny thing is that God already knew what they were thinking and how we think today. Because of that God promised them that if they trusted him, they would not only have enough but they would have even more.
New International Version (NIV)
20 You may ask, “What will we eat in the seventh year if we do not plant or harvest our crops?” 21 I will send you such a blessing in the sixth year that the land will yield enough for three years. 22 While you plant during the eighth year, you will eat from the old crop and will continue to eat from it until the harvest of the ninth year comes in.
That’s the same thing he promises us today. That if we trust him: belief that he (God) is reliable, good, honest, effective, and that if we believe he (God) is trustworthy:able to be relied on to do or provide what is needed or right then we to can reap the harvest of our trust and dependence on him. His word forever reminds me that when I get to a bump in the road or run across a stumbling block. That if I trust in him at all times and always. I will reap a reward from his promise.
So the question is do you trust him? And do you believe he is trustworthy even when you are going through a bump in the road?