September 20: “When Others Are Unworthy of Our Trust”

3 Minute Read + Scripture readings

Today’s Bible Reading:

2 Samuel 16
2 Corinthians 9
Ezekiel 23
Psalms 70-71

Today’s Bible Verse(s):

2 Samuel 16:4 (CSB): “The king said to Ziba, ‘All that belongs to Mephibosheth is now yours!’ ‘I bow before you,’ Ziba said. ‘May I find favor with you, my lord the king!’”

Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s):

Without trust, deep relationships are impossible. And when a wonderful relationship is damaged, and trust is lost, it will probably take a long time before trust is rebuilt and the relationship is salvaged. Sometimes, the relationship can never be fixed.

Such is the necessity of trust in relationships.

What we see in today’s Bible readings are a couple of instances in which trust was an issue.

In 2 Samuel 16:1-4, we read of a man named Ziba. He had been King Saul’s servant and then was the servant to Mephibosheth. He came to David and falsely accused his master, Mephibosheth, of conspiring against David in Absalom’s revolt.

Obviously, Ziba’s slanderous lie undermined the trust in his relationship with Mephibosheth. It would so harm the relationship that it would not survive.

Further, we observe that David placed his trust in Ziba. He believed the lie that he told about Mephibosheth. Soon enough, David would hear from Mephibosheth and suspect the lie (2 Samuel 19:24-30). Needless to say, that would undermine any relationship they had.

Even as we look to Jesus, we see that He didn’t fully entrust Himself to others because He knew how unworthy some people were of being trusted.

John 2:24-25 (CSB): “Jesus, however, would not entrust himself to them, since he knew them all and because he did not need anyone to testify about man; for he himself knew what was in man.”

So, what’s the lesson here?

First, if you want to have meaningful relationships, you have got to trust the one you desire to enjoy a friendship with.

Second, some people are unworthy of your trust so be like Jesus and don’t trust some people too easily.

Third, if your trust in someone has been undermined, it may be difficult to trust others. But, if you don’t take the risk, you’ll diminish your ability to enjoy relationships in the future.

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Lord Jesus, You have commanded me to trust You in order that I might be forgiven and saved. You are fully worthy of my trust. But, trusting others is a bit more difficult. Help me to know who to trust and how much to trust. And, Lord, help me to be trustworthy when others reach out to me. I pray this in Your Name, Amen.

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I have an incredible wife that God gave to me on May 10, 1997. Since then, the Lord has blessed us with three wonderful boys. I am also the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Polk City, Florida.

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