Trust is difficult to achieve, isn't it? Not only is it difficult to give complete trust to someone or something, it difficult to receive it, also.

In what or whom do you trust?

Last week, I needed to do some work on the third story roof of our house. It takes two ladders plus a climb over the roof to get there. My youngest son came over to give me a hand. We held the ladder steady for each other as we climbed to the different levels. We literally put our lives in the hands of one another.

The problem with life is that far too often, folks trust in the wrong things and in the wrong people. They literally "bet their lives" that they can trust in those things or persons.

Have you ever bet on a sure thing, one that couldn't possibly fail or let you down? Yeah, me, too!

I heard an amusing story that illustrates what can happen.

It seems that an archaeologist was digging in the Negev Desert in Israel and came upon a sarcophagus containing a mummy. After examining it, he called the curator of a prestigious natural history museum.

"I've just discovered the 3,000 year old mummy of a man who died of heart failure!" the excited scientist exclaimed.

The curator replied, "Bring him in. We'll check it out."

A week later, the amazed curator called the archaeologist and said, "You were right about the mummy's age and cause of death. How in the world did you know?"

"Easy! There was a piece of paper in his hand that said, '10,000 Shekels on Goliath.'"

In whom will you place your trust?

King David, the one who defeated Goliath, wrote these words:

It is better to trust the LORD than to put confidence in people. It is better to trust the LORD than to put confidence in princes. (Psalms 118:8-9 NLT)

David also wrote the following:

Those who trust in the LORD are as secure as Mount Zion; they will not be defeated but will endure forever. (Psalms 125:1)

The Bible reminds us of this truth: "For God has said, 'I will never fail you. I will never forsake you'" (Hebrews 13:5). But, do we really believe it?

On what have you chosen to bet your life? In whom will you place your trust?

If you choose some mere mortal human, you will be disappointed ... sooner or later, someday in some way. So let me encourage you to choose to trust in God. He will never fail or forsake you no matter what!

An old hymn reminds us to "Trust and obey, for there's no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey." Perhaps it is time to ask yourself: "In whom do I trust?"