Trust, But Verify

What does this famous quote by Ronald Reagan have to do with the Bible? Shouldn’t we trust with no questions asked? Isn’t faith the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen? (Hebrews 11:1) When you see the context I am sure you will agree, this is a Biblical view of human relations.

During the 1980’s U.S. President Ronald Reagan worked diligently with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev to bring an end to the Cold War which precipitated the falling of the Iron Curtain that separated eastern and western Europe. One of the main elements of Reagan’s and Gorbachev’s negotiations was the reduction in nuclear weapons. At a joint press conference with Gorbachev regarding the signing of the INF Treaty (Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty) Reagan said that we must “Trust, but Verify”, attributing this to the Russian Proverb “doveryai, no proveryai”. So while he believed in working with the Russians on the basis of trust, he knew that trust could not be gained without the ability to have transparent verification, on both sides, to demonstrate compliance with the newly signed treaty.

What does the Bible say about this?

Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength. – Jeremiah 17:5 NKJV

It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. – Psalm 118:8 NKJV

We see that while there may be those in our lives that have earned our trust, ultimately God is the only one who is able to keep our trust. Ronald Reagan knew this. He also knew how to negotiate peace with an adversary through strength, and embraced the tenant that we can give our trust to others, but unless they are God, we need to verify.

Here is a little trivia question: what is the significance of Psalm 118:8? It’s a special Bible verse, do you know why?


Trust, But Verify — 6 Comments

  1. For the very essence of the word trust itself, allow us Ronald Reagan’s quotation remain as his quotation delivering it to another human person. For one person to express a conditional trust to another person is justifiable owing to the sweeping reality that every member of the human race is deprave for as the Bible in Romans 3:23 has so mentioned ” we have all fallen short of the glory of God”.

    In terms of our spiritual faith, God our focal point, let this human quotation be reversed.

    Jesus expressed a well-meaning brief exhortation to Martha in John 11:40 “Saith I not unto you that if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?” Vivid here is the established trust and see attribute or tested-and-proven infallibility of Christ, thereby He deserves our undivided trust. God has time immemorial proven to finite minds His utter perfection it boggles human comprehension. Entire creation renders an open display the verity of the omnifiscent Power He Is. The Bible loudly rings out His words in nature, therefore, we the created man have no more excuse in not trusting Him, for every evidences are right before our very eyes. Roms 1:20

    Paul’s rebuke underscores the deficient quality trust mankind proffers to God. That in the very act of having confidence in a morally decrepit, mortal human, it is an outright affront to an omnipotent, eternal God.

  2. Yes! Psalm 118:8 is the middle verse in the KJV Bible. Not only that, the middle words are “the Lord”. Cool…heheh.

  3. Trust bible message but verify the facts about white christ image of church age in light of the image spotted on AN UPTURNED NASA APOLLO 17 MISSION PHOTOGRAPH VIEW OF EARTH IMAGE OF AFRICA whose frame work is a glorious spiritual head being first evolve human like GOD.

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