The more we get let down, the more hesitant we are to trust again, and that spills over into other relationships.
I wonder if this is why we find it difficult to trust God. Having been burned by others, how do we know God is reliable?
Trusting God means we leave our lives in His hands. We trust Him with those we love and situations we go through. We trust that He will guide us to the path He wants us on. Trusting God means we believe He knows what’s best for us.
We have the advantage of having it all written down in His Word. God’s promises made and kept, with the greatest being His very own Son. The promise of a Savior made (Isaiah 7:14). The promise of a Savior kept—Jesus!
We know God is reliable, and He will not let us down.
That’s not to say, however, that life will always go the way we hope for. In this life, we will experience pain, hurt, and sorrow. We see things from our perspective, but God sees the entire picture. We can work against God, fighting to do things our own way. Or we can decide to trust Him no matter what, and accept that God knows better than we do.
What He allows in our life may or may not be what we wanted, or happen the way we expected, but He promises to walk along side us and He will work everything for the good of those who love Him. (Romans 8:28) Even when we can’t see it yet or understand it, God’s plans are better than what we can dream up.
Therefore, trusting God does not leave us vulnerable in the negative way we think of. Trusting God allows us to be vulnerable in an open and accepting way, ready to experience all God has planned for us.
Choosing to focus on ourselves and our own desires leaves us susceptible to being hurt and disappointed. Whereas, looking to God before ourselves and placing our trust in Him leaves us open and able to learn from, and to receive, what God desires for us.