Friendly relationships require trust, don’t they? As we get to know one another, we build a context for our relationship. We are observant of the other. We listen to their words. We watch their faces. We note how they handle various situations. When we find someone who deals with life and with people and, if we are Christians, with God in a way that appeals to us, we have found a friend. As we spend more time together, the things we learn about the other may inspire a confidence that enables us to open ourselves up to them more. The evidence we require for trust grows. So trust grows. And trust enables us to commit ourselves to our friend more and more. We may eventually trust our things, our reputations, even our families to our friend’s safe-keeping. Do we know for sure that he will never break that trust? No. But because of what we have learned about our friend so far, we expect good things from him or her.
The same is true in the case of husbands and wives. When we commit ourselves to one another in marriage, we can’t have complete knowledge or understanding of each other. What we can have is the basis of our past relationship that fosters the confidence within us that not only will our partner never seek to intentionally harm us in any way, but that, instead, they will always have it in their hearts to do us good. So we trust them…not blindly, but also without complete understanding.
At the very heart of trust is the fact that we cannot know everything. We can’t predict the future. We can’t always see all the factors. We may see or hear that our friend has done something unexpected, uncharacteristic. Even then, because we are friends, our first thought is that there must have been a good reason for their actions which is presently unknown to me. That is called trust. The concept of trust implies we can’t know everything. That doesn’t mean we can’t know enough to trust. We can.
The Bible provides us with all the context we need to believe that God is worthy of our trust. The story of the Bible is God thinking, planning, and working for our good. The full measure of His love is seen in the gift of Jesus. Through the Cross, God invites us into relationship with Him. Should we accept the invitation? Of course! Will we understand everything? Of course not! As with your mate or your friend, always try to understand, but go on trusting just the same.
“For we walk by faith and not by sight” 2 Corinthians 5:7.