It never ceases to amaze me, how easily trust can be lost and how hard it is to gain. It’s so odd, you’d think it would be the other way around but it isn’t; why is that? Well intentioned parents do it, friends do it, priests, police, and politicians do it. I’ve even done it. I have broken the trust of those around me and experienced first hand the immense amount of work required to rebuild the relationship. Sometimes, that relationship is never repaired.
While I couldn’t imagine God purposefully designing trust to be so delicate, it sure seems to work in His favor if we let it. There’s a lot of talk in the Bible about running to God so to speak. Fearful? Turn to God and put your trust in Him. Hurt by someone? Look to God and put your trust in Him. Why is He always perfect and how is it that He never seems to fail us? Maybe that’s the point? Maybe if it were so easy to build trust and so easy to maintain it, we’d lose out on something valuable.
Join me, everyone! Trust only in God every moment! Tell him all your troubles and pour out your heart-longings to him. Believe me when I tell you—he will help you!Psalm 62:8 (TPT)
Whenever I break the trust I have with someone, my sense of connection is heightened. I pay more attention to the words I speak, and to my actions around that person. It even changes how I think, feel, and pray about them. I don’t walk on eggshells, because that’s going too far in the opposite direction, but I do increase my purposefulness toward reconnecting. Reconnecting with the one whom I’ve offended, and reconnecting with God.
I love the fact that God is not only my consoler, He is my wise counselor. When I hurt or offend someone else, I get very upset at myself. If I don’t take that to God, it’ll downward spiral into me eventually thinking I’m the worst human being on Earth. It is His comfort that reassures me; bringing me back into the reality of who I am. He’s also the one I ask for advice on how to repair the relationship. He’s pretty smart and often has great answers.
Whenever God says to me, “Lee, do you trust Me?” I occasionally laugh and sometimes cringe because I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that whatever comes out of His mouth no matter how unconventional it may seem, or how scary it sounds, is always the right thing to do. He is trustworthy, there’s just no getting around it.