"Trust in the Lord." (Psalm 4:5)
Extending trust to others can be a complicated process. Our past experiences tell us that people have let us down before and probably will again. We have stood to the side and have witnessed many casualties who have had their trust dashed into a gazillion different pieces, with their hearts literally left bleeding. Trampled on. Passed by. Neglected. Ignored.
Trust is a difficult thing.
So, we've come up with a managed process for trust. We refer to it as "developing" trust. The more jaded we become, the harder and more strenuous the process of developing trust becomes. It is a process filled with tangled webs and hiding places. Two steps forward and then three steps back. As soon as we begin to open up, we retreat to our reclusive, safe places once again--fearing the worst.
Yet, in Scripture, we are not commanded to develop trust with God. We are simply commanded to trust Him. If we were to approach the Lord God with the same developmental system the world has accepted as the norm, we would trust in the Him only when our circumstances are favorable. If life is "good", we would trust Him. If life is "bad", we draw back again. I cannot be this way.
There are two simple biblical truths about God that make Him completely trustworthy and will help guide us out of our trust development cycle:
1) God is Faithful (1 Cor. 1:9)--He won't trample on us, pass us by, neglect us, or ignore us.
2) God is Love (1 John 4:8)--He IS love. Nothing is impossible with God, except to be/do who/what He isn't. He can be/do nothing but be loving. Even in His wrath, He demonstrates love toward the sinner. (John 3:16)
To often we fail to enjoy the friendship of God, simply because we marginalize him to human standards--withholding the full measure of our hearts' trust from Him. Yet, we are commanded to trust Him. Remember, we are to TRUST and obey. For, there is no other way to be happy in Jesus--but to TRUST and obey.
Trust God completely. He is worthy of our trust.
God's Richest Blessings,