Paul was convinced that neither “height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 8:38-39). Such trust we will have through Christ because our sufficiency is of God (2 Cor 3:4-5). Like David, we will have confidence in God like a child that is weaned of his mother (Ps 131:2). That is why our judgment will be with the Lord, and our work with God (Isa 49:4), because “there is nothing too hard for Thee” (Jer 32:17). The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand, so we have to repent, and believe the Gospel (Mk 1:15). God’s kingdom is everlasting and his dominion will endure for all generations (Ps 145:13). With faith we must have confidence even in difficult times (Jer 1:17).
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), an English poet and playwright regarded as the greatest writer in the English language wrote, “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” Some might put some restraints on their faith. But Shakespeare was rather pragmatic about what he saw as a way of treating others. On the other hand, Rome, Pope Francis (b. 1936) said, “Although the life of a person is in the land full of thorns and weeds, there is always space in which the good seed can grow.” Pope Francis expects us to have barriers in this world concerning our personal growth. He was however assuring that despite these, Christian believers will still find fertile ground for growth.
Trusting God & Others
People though, have to learn how to trust. Allyson Felix (b. 1985), a track and field sprint athlete said, “The most important lesson that I have learned is to trust God in every circumstance. Lots of time we go through different trials and following God’s plan seems like it doesn’t make any sense at all. God is always in control and he will never leave us.” It’s clear that when it comes to trusting others we must put our faith in God, who never disappoints.
Believers should be confident, and trust in the right source in faith. A lack of trust in God will do us no good. Lao Tzu (6th to 5th C – 531 BC), an ancient Chinese philosopher and poet wrote, “He who does not trust enough, will not be trusted.” Trusting is therefore reciprocal. Knowing this comes through prayer and studying God’s Word.
By trusting we will continue to grow our faith. Natalie Goldberg (b. 1948), a popular New Age author and speaker said, “Trust is what you love, continue to do it, and it will take you where you need to go.” At times love can be disappointing, yet we must freely offer this gift of love to others. We have to be willing to show confidence.
Power of Trust
Thomas J. Watson (1874 -1956), a businessman wrote, “The toughest thing about the power of trust is that it’s very difficult to build and very easy to destroy. The essence of trust building is to emphasize the similarities between you and the customer.” Watson gave a business perspective of getting things done.
A hopeful perspective of trust came from Golda Meir (1898–1978), a prime minister of Israel who said, “Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” To Meir trust is an ongoing process. It involves inventing and re-inventing oneself, and basing your life on a set of good values. In the end it will be through faith that we attain the outcomes we have envisioned.