Love gets lots of play in our culture as a phenomena that is often equated with acceptance. But what about trust? “Trust is something that must be earned” is one of many declarations when the conversation turns to what trust is and how it is birthed.
By definition, trust as a verb is to believe in the truth and reliability of someone or something. In our day, trust as a verb is birthed out of a relationship or process that is tested by time and deemed to be reliable in producing what we desire. Hmmm. What if someone is worthy to be trusted, but some refuse to trust thinking that not producing the desired outcome breaks the bond of relationship? Now that is an interesting, but often repeated, phenomena that happens in many human relationships and even within the Body of Christ.
“I trusted you!” All of us have heard those words. Yes, and I did not break your trust we respond. But I didn’t get what I want, so you betrayed me! That is the ladder of inference at work in a major way when we fail to communicate in such a way to define reasonable expectations and help those involved in the relationship to move beyond the obstacles that tempt them to view betrayal as not getting their way.
Jesus taught invited us to trust Him (John 8:26) and invited us to trust one another. He modeled that sometimes the trusting relationship is faithful in not giving us what we want. Wow! Paul’s thorn in the flesh remained for a greater good though Paul trusted God to remove it. God gave Paul something better, grace sufficient to overcome and then the power to witness to God’s power at work in him.
I am praying that in this thankful season that we could draw close to a Father who loves us and who will never leave us nor forsake us and receive trust as a blessed gift. Because of God’s unfailing love, we don’t have to demand a scenario that precludes us from simply taking the risk to trust one another. If God’s command is to love one another as disciples of Jesus, surely we can find a place of trust even in the midst of human imperfection. Lord, let it be so!