My relationship with God sometimes suffers because I don’t find it easy to trust. I’ve been disappointed in the past because I’ve often placed my trust in the wrong things and in the wrong people. I am hesitant to trust because I am vulnerable to being deceived or hurt. Sometimes I question my judgment because I’ve made so many mistakes.
I have to remind myself from time to time that I have never been disappointed by God. I may not always understand Him or His purpose, but the only time my heart is at peace is when I trust Him. It is the only time my life seems to be on the right path.
In truth, I’m not sure it would have been as easy to trust God without Jesus. It is important to me that Jesus fulfilled the prophecies of the Old Testament. It means everything to me that God loved us so much that He sent Jesus to die for our sins. It’s easier for me to trust God knowing He has already fulfilled His promises. It’s easier for me to relate to Jesus’ teachings than parts of the Old Testament. For me, Jesus makes it easier to trust in God.
And that makes perfect sense.
Jesus said, “…”If you trust me, you are really trusting God. For when you see me, you are seeing the one who sent me. I have come as a Light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer wander in the darkness. If anyone hears me and doesn’t obey me, I am not his judge — for I have come to save the world and not to judge it. But all who reject me and my message will be judged at the Day of Judgment by the truths I have spoken. For these are not my own ides, but I have told you what the Father said to tell you. And I know his instructions lead to eternal life; so whatever he tells me to say, I say!” (John 12:44-50)
If you trust Jesus, you are trusting God.
If you trust God but not Jesus, you’ve got no trust at all.
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