37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:37-39 (ESV)
We are called to love one another. There are a lot of components to love: affection, selflessness, honor… One of the biggest components to true, honest love is trust.
There’s just one problem: we are all human.
And that means, at some point and time, somebody you love has – or will – let you down. Disappoint you. Break trust.
And if that trust is broken hard enough, it can leave us shaken and unsure. Repeat that broken trust from one or several other people in our lives and one can easily become weary, leery, jaded, even downright caustic when it comes to trusting another person again.
When we’ve been hurt by others and live with “trust issues”, we tend to project that pain onto other relationships as well. Will this person hurt me too? How can I trust anyone again after what I went through? We (try to) protect ourselves by building walls against any intruder who may potentially hurt us.
Unfortunately, we sometimes project our inability to trust on God as well. It can be difficult to place our full trust in the Lord, to take Him at His Word. After all, we took someone else at their word and look where it got us – let down, hurt, spirit crushed…
Understand this: the love of God is like no love on earth. We humans are incapable of love in and of ourselves. Especially to the depths of God’s love. Unlike people, God does not merely love us. God is love.
Love is the very essence of Who God is. Now, that is an overly simplistic statement. God is far more multidimensional than that. But, consider this: can an orange be a banana? Can a parking meter be a tree? Can a conservative vote for Hillary Clinton? (Sorry… definitely not making any political statements, just trying to humorously illustrate a point…)
The love of God for each of His children is perfect, because God is perfect. And God is love. It is His very being. He cannot not love.
And we are talking about God here, folks. Not some weak, milquetoast deity who is soft as marshmallow. No softy could endure what Jesus Christ endured on the cross for us.
The love of God is whole, complete and unshakable. He is our firm foundation. He is our strength and our guide. On Him we can place our full faith and trust. In Him we have all we need. Even when we face painful situations, we are not alone. The Lord is with us, every step of the way. His love endures forever.
It’s why He does all He does for us.
Whatever it is that is keeping you from running to God with arms open wide, please put it down. Cast it off. Knock down the wall of doubt and trust in the Lord wholeheartedly. Decide in faith right now that, although people have let you down, God is not a person. He is faithful, even when we are not. He is trustworthy. “God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind” (Numbers 23:19, ESV).
And God proved His love and trustworthiness for you on the cross.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:4-7 (ESV)