Set Up for Disappointment


The minute we begin placing our deepest faith and trust in human beings, we set ourselves up for severe disappointment. But what does this mean for marriage?

“Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save.”  Psalm 146:3

The media continually bombard us with images of broken trust: spouses who cheat on each other; politicians who break promises; corporate chiefs who steal from their employees.

The list goes on and on. People in positions of responsibility should be held accountable to the highest moral and ethical standards. Yet each of these people is a mortal creature with a natural bent toward sin. The minute we begin placing our deepest faith and trust in human beings, we set ourselves up for severe disappointment.

What does this mean for marriage? Even in the best of relationships, husbands and wives may err and break the other’s trust. That’s why we must rely on God’s power—not our own—to lead honorable lives. When husbands and wives commit themselves to live according to God’s ways, a bond of trust develops between them. Though none of us is perfect, we can give our heart confidently to our spouse when we know that he or she is genuinely seeking to follow God and His guidelines.

Just between us . . .

• Has someone in a position of responsibility ever broken your trust?

• Is it ever difficult for you to trust me?

• Knowing our sinful nature, how can we still earn each other’s trust?

• How do you think the Lord blesses spouses who trust each other?

• How might we develop an even deeper level of trust in our relationship?

Heavenly Father, thank You that You are completely worthy of our trust. As my spouse and I commit ourselves to being trustworthy with each other, empower us by Your Spirit. Grant us grace when we fail. And bless us, we pray, with joy and confidence as we make trustworthiness a priority. Amen.

From Night Light For Couples, by Dr. James & Shirley Dobson

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