Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Trust is a key in building relationships today. Businesses can’t run without employees trusting the employer or visa versa. Marital relationships won’t go to a deeper place if trust is not at the center of that relationship. We move throughout the day trusting that we will have enough oxygen and air mixture that will allow us to walk and run and sit and stand without dying. We trust the Postal Service to bring our mail and our bills so that we can pay them and continue in the lifestyle that we have been accustomed. We trust other drivers on the road that they will stay in their own lanes and not come across into our lanes and hit us head on. We trust our organs to continue to operate in a healthy way and allow us to live this day. We trust that when we walk out our door something from the sky will not fall on our head (by the way, there have been things that have fallen from the sky and caused great damage to houses and even people).
I know you are thinking that you don’t even think of most of these things during the day and maybe have never thought of your putting your trust in people or things to live. Whether or not we think of these things, we live and move with an implicit or an explicit feeling or thought about these things. I was reading in Isaiah this morning and came across this passage that I thought was insightful for us today. “Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem?” Isaiah 2:22. But you say, “We have to trust people and especially those close to us such as a spouse or a close friend.” How can we life on this earth without putting our trust in people. Isaiah goes on to say that we need to keep our focus and trust on the only One who never changes and whose promises and truths are absolute. Trust is essential if you are to go deeper in your relationship in marriage. It is critical in parenting especially when it comes to raising teenagers. Unfortunately if our only trust is found in humans, they will at some points in our lives let us down. A spouse will mess up periodically and not follow through in what he or she did (maybe they forgot, or made a commitment they couldn’t keep). Isaiah reminds us that the only One who can be totally trusted and in all circumstances and in all crises is the Lord.
On our journey today, it is important to be reminded that where we put our trust ultimately will determine the course of our lives and the attitude along the way.