January 23, 2013 - Trust. Such a simple word but also one of great importance in relationships.
It is difficult to have a good relationship with someone you do not trust. It is also an important part of faith.
We trust God and He provides for us out of His goodness and the bounty of His blessings.
Proverbs 3:5-7 urges us to Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding 6In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. 7Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
What if we were to put all our trust in the Lord? What difference might that make in our lives? How might we be guided in reaching out and sharing the blessings we have received with one another?
Yes, there may be days when we do not feel very blessed but, if you really think about it and view it from the lives of those in impoverished regions, we are blessed.
Think of the difference our reaching out, using the blessings God has given us, might make in the lives of others.
Think of how our taking time to care and show concern for them might build trust in us and, ultimately, in God!
When I think of trust I think of the relationship between Jesus and Peter. Peter was one of that inner-circle with Jesus, one of His closest friends.
He proclaimed Jesus the Christ, the Son of the Living God. In the next breath he was trying to prevent Jesus from going to Jerusalem and the death that awaited Him. Jesus rebuked Peter and how Satan was using him. Jesus also predicted Peter would deny Him three times before the cock crowed which Peter vehemently denied.
It was Peter who drew the sword to defend Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. It was Peter who entered the courtyard of the high priest. Trust was broken.
Think of how it feels when a trusted friend betrays your trust.
A promise is broken, a secret spilled, and you are deeply hurt.
You want to pull away and not have anything to do with this friend.
When that happens, when you decide to get revenge for their action, when you bear the grudge, who is it that is hurt the deepest?
You are. It tears down our body, our health suffers, the friendship is destroyed and our faith is sorely challenged.
What did Jesus do for Peter?
After Jesus rose from the grave He meets Peter and the disciples on the lake shore where they had been fishing.
Jesus says to Peter, three times, Do you love Me? Peter keeps responding that Jesus knows he does.
Three times Peter denied Jesus, three times Jesus restored him.
If your brother sins against you, go and seek to be reconciled (Matthew 18).
Our God has revealed Himself in His Son, may He reveal Himself to others through us.
The Rev. Kendall Schaeffer is pastor of St. Trinity Lutheran Church.