Trust In Man or Trust in God?

I was having a conversation with Jesus this morning that I felt I should share. I'm thinking that lots of us struggle with trust. It's the key ingredient in any relationship and our relationship with God is no different. Many of us have experienced very harsh betrayal by those we had faith and hope in, leaving us scared, angry, and doubtful. This bleeds into our walk with God because after all, we tell ourselves he is no different than man. Of course, he is, but it takes healing from the past to accept the truth that he can be trusted. For me, I no longer fear God or run from trusting him. Of course, I still have my failures, my doubts, but he constantly restores my faith and so I know he can be trusted. 

It's people I struggle with. 

Can you identify with me? It's hard to walk in relationship with people because, unlike God, people fail. Over and over...people fail. I want to run from relationships, hide from authenticity..because it scares me. I found myself asking Jesus this morning, how to trust in people, how to not be afraid of what they will say to me or do to me. How?! He answered....as he always does...

"Trust in me," he says. "I will not fail you," he says. 

"Trust me to work in them, not in their ability to get it right."...he says. 

Then, he brought it all back to the issue of my own heart, my own need...

"Do you have any ability outside of what I give you, to get it right?"...he asks... 

"Are you not just as weak as others and in need of my grace?"...he asks...

Oh, that I were perfect...but I'm not, am I? No, I am in need of the grace of Jesus in my life as desperately as those I tend to not trust. What I discover in this conversation is that what Jesus is asking me to do is not trust in humanity to get it right, to never fail...but to trust in him to work through that weakness. I can trust him to work in that relationship that is flawed with humanity. Yes, I can expect those flaws in others to surface, just like mine do, but Jesus will still be there, working in those flaws, bringing beauty from ashes and strength from weakness. 

So, you see, it is not man we are called to trust, it is Jesus. It is not humanity that breathes hope into me, it is Jesus. The truth is that man will fail, whether they know Jesus or not. The difference is that Jesus in me or you redeems that failure. This is how I walk in relationship with others. I do so in the knowledge that, if that relationship is filled with Jesus, he will constantly be redeeming our failures, shining light on our darkness. If I am in relationship with someone who doesn't follow Jesus, I still continue to trust Jesus in me, not in their ability.

We are all flawed, friends. We must put our trust only in Jesus, not in humanity. The miracle is that he displays his splendor in the midst of our flawed relationships. The miracle is that his perfection is made beautiful in our weakness. Jesus is revealing to me that relationship with others is the only way I will see the fullness of his grace at work. I cannot experience all that he is without relationship. Don't be afraid of what man will do to you.... 

Be at peace because of what Jesus will do through you. 

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding." Proverbs 3:5

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