“A relationship without trust isn’t a true relationship.”
Trust is the foundation of relationships.
Think about the relationships you have in your life. Sometimes we are born with trust already in place, like a parent with a child. Sometimes we choose to trust, trying to see the true character of the person we are getting to know, like when we start dating. No matter what kind of relationship it is, a lack of trust can scar or even shatter the relationship.
I have been in a relationship that lacked trust, one that was full of selfishness and inconsistency in words and actions. Let me tell you that I did not rest well in that relationship. I wrestled with so many things during that time in my life-my identity, my loyalty, even my own purpose.
A relationship without trust isn’t a true relationship.
When God calls us to be in relationship with Him, He does so with the ultimate authority as a crucified Christ. “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” Romans 5:8
God calls us to rest in Him because He is our safe haven. He is our soft spot to land. Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
So how do we know that we can trust God?
Our God knows better than we do. “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9
Our God is faithful and good. “Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands.” Deuteronomy 7:9
Our God is wise. “For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.” I Corinthians 1:25
Our God knows what He is doing. “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
God chose us. “It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God-that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.” I Corinthians 1:30
God knows what is best for us. But for us to fully embrace all of what he has in store for us, we have to fully trust him. Study his Word, get to know who he is, ask questions of wise believers, talk to God about the hard things, praise him for all things good and watch your relationship become the most beautiful thing you have ever seen.