There was a time when people would say “my word is my bond.” A handshake was unshakable. A look in the eye triggered the utmost integrity. Now we have contracts, collateral, and liquidated damages. But even those mean very little when push comes to shove. It is a rare person who stands by her word alone. It is a rare person who is deserving of the word trustworthy. These days that term can only be used relatively. In other words, trustworthy now means someone is more trustworthy than untrustworthy people and that they keep their word more often than not.
In reality, Jesus is the only trustworthy person. He was perfectly obedient and therefore could be relied upon fully. His word is true. His word is a rock. The grass withers and the flower fades but the word of our Lord stands forever.
Hebrews 1:3 says, “he upholds the universe by the word of his power.” I love that. We sometimes wonder if Jesus can come through for us. We wonder if our problems are to big and complex or the web of trouble is so tightly wound that he cannot unwind it. We listen to these thoughts day after day and begin to believe them instead of Jesus and soon Jesus becomes too small to handle our lives. Often we decide to take over. We decide that we are more trustworthy than he is.
When I begin to wonder whether Jesus is enough, this verse shakes me awake to the reality that his word is power and his power upholds the universe–the universe! How can I ever doubt him? How can I ever trust anything else?