Over the last few years, months and 48 hours I have battled with the concept of Trust. After years of let- downs, lies and hurt-anyone would think it’s normal to build up a wall. But is it? I have concluded there are two types of people in the world…
Those who hand out trust freely until it is broken
and then those who make people gain their trust before it is ever given.
I know I fall into the latter category. So my circle of people I trust if very minute. When someone in my trust circle breaks the trust in our relationship, I feel completely fooled. It brings me to a point of true brokenness . Only because I truly invested in that relationship and believed there was some type of loyalty. Which brings me to my point of confession. At times I put more trust in people than I do Christ.
WHOOOAAAHH. And then it hit me.
Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? -Jeremiah 17:5-12
Without even realizing it. I put perfect HOPE in imperfect people. And then I am perplexed why I end up feeling such pain when the trust is broke. When that pain occurs I then struggle to find forgiveness and unconditional love to that brother/sister.
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace. -1 Peter 4:8-10
So where do these verses leave me? I think God’s Word can apply differently in each of our lives-but as I look at these passages I am left with a heart of CHANGE. I want a life that passionately pursues Christ and a story that looks LIKE Jesus. (This has always been my heart) But at times I have let the world win.
So to trust or not to trust? The answer is yes. Just make sure your trust lies in Christ, not in the world. So when your brothers or sisters stumble you can freely behave as Jesus by loving them relentlessly.