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15 Jun 2007

Like a Child: Unconditional Trust

Posted by Phil

like-a-childAlmost everyone has experienced being around children that constantly ask “why?” expecting their parents to provide them with knowledge. But children don’t just rely on their parents to answer questions; they trust that food will be provided when they get hungry. Children are intelligent in that they trust in their parents to do what they are supposed to do. They don’t worry about whether dad mailed the rent check or whether mom will be able to create a balanced monthly budget.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

As we grow older, our trust is better described by, “you have to earn my trust” or “I’ll trust him as far as I can throw him.” While this attitude may be appropriate for some of the people we meet in life, it damages our relationship with God when we have such little confidence in Him. In talking to someone you don’t trust, you’re not likely to discuss anything of great importance to you, especially if it has to do with your shortcomings. How can we build a strong relationship with God unless we are able to confess our mistakes to Him? Even though we have no standing to require God to earn our conviction, we should realize that He already has:

“O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below — you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way.” (1 Kings 8:23).

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