Think about it.
Can you trust any of these people?
Look at Jesus - Supremely trustworthy
Look at Judas - A Betrayer, and a greedy thief
Look at Peter - A one time lapse - He cursed. He lied. He manifested fear of man at the fire and in the fellowship. Paul actually had to rebuke him.
Look at the Serpent (Genesis 3) - he lied. he sought to turn people away from and against God.
Look at Joab - He lived by deception and revenge.
Who of this group would you trust? Consider, however, that Peter and Judas were actually people that Jesus trusted....Even though he knew them! He also trusted James and John who wanted to call down fire upon others....
Some things to remember.
Our ultimate confidence must be in God - Proverbs 3:5-6 - Jeremiah 17:5
We can trust people but we must not trust people implicitly....We must learn how to discern who can be depended upon
People will always fail us in some way.
Realize that as our culture continues to decline and we get closer to the coming of the Lord, trustworthy people will be fewer and farther between - Micah 7:1-7
Today, believers must be wise. Why? because in large measure, we have the following:
Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing
27 Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to
shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain.
15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but
inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore
wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in
among you, not sparing the flock.
Angel of Light / Ministers of Righteousness
2 Corinthians 11:13–15
13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves
into the apostles of Christ. 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is
transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his
ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose
end shall be according to their works.
False Christs and Prophets - Deceive the very elect.
24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew
great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall
deceive the very elect.
When it comes to people, we must be wide awake. We can trust people until they prove themselves untrustworthy....and when they prove themselves untrustworthy, they must rebuild that trust (e.g. Joseph and his brothers). He put them to the test and then eventually trusted them again.
What are the general characteristics of a trustworthy person?
A. Actions consistent with words - Psalm 101:6-7
B. Regular performance of duty - Psalm 89:37
C. Knows when to be quite - Proverbs 11:13
D. Faithfully Brings refreshment and renewal - Proverbs 25:13
E. Willing to bring hard truth - Proverbs 27:6