Do you ever find yourself looking behind your back as if people are gossiping about you? The voices that were loud go quiet when you enter into a room; your family members go quiet when you join them in the living room, mind you, not because you are going to ask anyone to go silent – but you just don’t get it. It’s like you are being shielded from something, like you aren’t ready to handle what is being shared? Like the talk was about you. Like they think you will not understand what they were talking about, like you aren’t being trusted!
But, let’s say it’s true; it’s true the talks were about you. It’s true the sounds are silent because you stepped in. It’s true, you always see things differently, and they are right to think you will not understand, yet, maybe you would have understood this time. The question is, can you be trusted with the truth? Would you want to know the truth, or you would be better off not knowing! Or, you would rather wait until your mind is prepared and ready to listen to whatever is going to be said to you/about you.
Sometimes we pray to God, badly wanting to know how long it will take us on this journey. How long it will be for us before we get this opening, the entire process of us getting there. But would we like it if God showed us every obstacle on the way and all the delays? If He let us in, into the hearts of those we love and keep close, if He showed us the minds of those seated on the other side of the table, would we still hold onto him? Would we comfortably embrace them? Would we still work towards our Purpose regardless of all that stand before us?
The beautiful thing in all this is that God shields nothing good from us. He knows what is important for us to know now. He knows what we need to live, and He requires us to have Faith. And for me, faith is knowing that He knows what is best for me, all the time. He knows why he has to shield me from some things, to protect me from some truth at a particular point in time.
1 Corinthians 2:5 says, “That your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” The wisdom of man fails. Attitude, feelings and mentality change; and even values are tested, and sometimes not owned completely. Just like how those around you will shield the truth from you because of how you responded yesterday, unknowing the why behind your response. But God knows the why. Good or bad, He knows. Right or wrong, He knows. And His all-knowing is true, always right.
I always find the ways of God merciful. Sometimes we human beings ask for more than we can take, or ask for less, yet we can take more, simply because we are limited and don’t have the entire picture. All this points me to God’s humility; despite knowing it all, He takes it slow with me. He doesn’t bombard us with several things at once. But knowing what we need, He keeps revealing himself to us slowly, building trust with us. The more our trust in Him grows, the more He reveals to us for He knows that we are able to handle it. He knows we aren’t going to lose our minds. He knows we are humble enough to know that we can’t accept, handle, or do this in our own strength, but through Him. And the more this relationship is built, and we entrust every step of our lives to Him, the more revelations and truth He reveals to us.
The word of God says in Jeremiah 33:3, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”
I believe trust is born of and sustained by obedience. I don’t think that we can do anything to completely earn us trust. It’s not something we buy, it’s someone letting you into their life, revealing to you all that they aren’t revealing to the world. It is a gift given to us by others. God trusting us with the truth is such an incredibly beautiful gift, and it’s for us to treasure that trust, by being trustworthy. And the way we can pay for that trust is by giving it back – trusting our God who despite knowing how our lifetimes will unfold, that we have fallen short, and that yes, we might abuse that trust tomorrow, He still does trust us. Trusting back those who are trusting us with their truth is to understand them, to listen to them, to try to see their point of view, to respect their truth, to protect their truth, and to be present so they can look back on us. Trusting and trusting back doesn’t mean we lose our own truth and individuality.
God would want us to know him, see him, feel him, hear him. He is always speaking, always watching. So let’s work to grow in Him every day, stewarding well what he is trusting us with, embracing and treasuring the truth he has revealed to us so that when the time comes and He finds us ready to handle more revelations, with all the ups and downs, we will smile and say that we will endure the process, no matter what! Because trusting in him, opens us to the truth of knowing that we don’t have to do it alone. We are not alone, we are with God our counsel, and He is guiding and leading us all through.
John 10:27-30 (ESV) 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”
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