My way – or God’s way
For reading & meditation: Proverbs 14:1-13
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” (v.12)
The second step we need to take in order to rid ourselves of the things that hinder our ability to trust is the recognition of the fact that, having been let down by others, we have determined in our hearts that we will never trust another person again. The determination never to trust another person again may be a human reaction, but it is not a Christian one. I have heard many people say, “I can trust God but I can’t trust people.” But Christianity is all about relating to people. The essence of reality is passionate, other-centered relationships, as is evidenced by the perfect relationships of the Trinity, in whose image we are made. If we draw back from others because we are afraid of being betrayed, then what we are saying is this: “I can’t trust God enough to hold me when others let me down.” Those, therefore, who say, “I can trust God and I can’t trust people,” are not making sense. It is more honest to say, “I can’t trust God and I can’t trust people.” What we ought to be saying, if we really believe the truths of the New Testament and are willing to give ourselves to them, is this: “I can trust God to hold me when I relate to others, irrespective of whether I am accepted or rejected.” The determination to stay self-protected is evidence that our trust is not what it should be. We must bring this self-protective determination to preserve our own soul before God in an act of repentance, and resolve that no matter how others may treat us, our trust will be confidently placed in Him.
O Father, I must ask myself: Can I trust You enough to hold me when others do not come through for me? The determination to stay safe seems so right, yet it is so wrong. I turn from my way to Your way. Hold me secure. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
For further study:
1. What was Job able to say?
2. What did David say to his son Solomon?