Do You Trust Me?
All Relationships Require Trust
A relationship without trust is like two people standing on quick sand. When one person speaks a promise to the other, they are unable to conceive it as being true and the ground beneath them becomes unstable.
A constant theme that God has been relaying to me as of lately is that of trust. The definition of trust is, "A firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something." This is an all-encompassing definition and strives to portray the vision that trust involves trusting somebody through multiple facets. In order to fully trust someone, we need to understand that person's overall motives. Have you ever whole-heartedly trusted a stranger?
God does not want us blindly trusting Him solely for the sake of obeying His commands. There is always a purpose and a pure motive behind why He asks certain actions from us. All of His commands were created from an atmosphere of love, because He Himself is love (John 3:16). Proverbs 3:5-6 says, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths." He longs to bring us into a place where He can be the leading factor in all of our decisions, but He needs us to come to a place of trusting Him with our entire heart. Furthermore, we have the capability to trust Him with all of our hearts, because He is good and His nature is unchanging (James 1:17). We don't have the capacity to do that with any earthly relationship. We can trust others to the extent that they will follow Christ and allow thier lives to be led by Him, but even a constant disarming of our heart in this earthly manner will lead to a dead end. God is eternal, and so our trust in Him is not a one-time ordeal. Instead, it involves the same decision being made consistently, which will lead us further into His eternal realm of the goodness that He has in store for us. The nature of the goodness represented through His character literally has no limitations. And so the first act of trusting God will only lead us further into a world that contains endless possibilities.
On the other hand, many people don't trust in God because they think they do know who He is but they do not have a sound, biblical view of His nature. It will be harder, but not impossible, to trust God when coming from a place where He was portrayed in a negative fashion. It's important that these lies are exposed for what they are- an attack from the enemy, none of which are built on solid ground. The lies need to be exposed so that they can be disposed. Ecclesiastes 3:4 says, "There is a time to plant and a time to uproot." A truth cannot be mixed in with a lie that has already been planted. Otherwise, it's still a lie. Instead, we need to become aware of the lies that we have received, not for the sake of focusing on them but solely for the purpose of digging them up and uprooting them from the soil of our hearts. Then, we're able to have soft ground on which we can plant truths and only truths. It's a process that requires vulnerability and so it's not always comfortable, but the more we deal with head on, the faster we can receive healing, and we'll even begin to discover that areas of our heart that we didn't know existed will be transformed. Now is the time to trust in the Lord with all of your heart. It's a continual process, but it begins with one decision of the heart.