Hello everyone…and how is your Tuesday? I'm enjoying my morning with the Lord, as I write to you today! Oh, how I praise Him for His friendship…and for the trust that I have truly found in Him! As we spend this time together today, I pray that you too will come to truly see that He is a God who can be trusted within your own life also…Amen!
I don't know what you have been experiencing recently in your life; but one thing I have struggled with over time; is being able to trust others. You know…something seems to happen, when someone lets us down. It seems that moments such as these weaken our trust…not only in that person who let us down; but also, it can greatly affect the way we trust others too.
A while back, I was talking with someone I know on the phone…and to begin with, I had never planned on sharing one of the darkest moments that I had experienced in my life with this person; but for some reason, while talking with them on the phone, I began to share these painful moments of the past with them. As I look back, I feel that maybe God was actually using this time to test this person; because like I said…I had no plans of ever sharing those memories with them.
Anyways…as I poured out every memory of that painful time in my life, I could actually feel my body shake…and it felt as though God's spirit had entered mine, as a means of helping me during this conversation; but in a way that I just didn't seem to fully understand at the time.
After I had been drained of every thought that was meant to be said; this other person became speechless and wanted to know if there was anything that they could do to help me fully resolve this painful moment of the past. When I heard this person say this to me, I was actually in shock; but felt that maybe God was at work, so I said… "Yes, there is one thing you could do." As this conversation was centered around a sexual abuse of the past…there was one unfinished piece of business that I wanted to see complete. A relative of mine…that I was very close to while growing up, was struggling to believe that this could have ever happened to me, so I mentioned that it would be nice if they could speak to this person on my behalf. From there, the person I was talking with on the phone said… "Ok, I will pray about it and let God lead me in His time." I fully agreed and then the conversation ended from there.
I would say that about month went by, and I had heard nothing from the person that I had recently talked with on the phone; so, one Saturday, while we were on the phone talking, I asked this person if they had talked with this relative of mine. From there, this person said that they weren't going to talk with them and that this was my problem, which was actually like a slap in the face to me. Here, I had gone through so much…and had shared one of the most painful moments of my life with them…only to be brought lower, than what I had felt at the time.
As I was thinking back on these moments last night, God was leading me to a Bible verse in Proverbs 18:24, which reads… "A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother."
You know…there are people who pretend to be friends or even close relatives; but a true friend or a true relative will do as this Bible verse is stating, which is that they will stick closer than a brother…no matter what. After going through all this trauma in my life, I have found it very difficult to trust others…and maybe you have also felt the same; but through it all, I have come to see One who is closer than a brother…One who can truly be trusted to keep His word to me and that is Jesus Christ.
Maybe today, you are experiencing a similar time in your life, when someone let you down…and maybe their words have made you feel tossed to the side, while making it almost impossible to trust them, or even others in your life. May I share something with you that has truly helped me through this? There was a time, when I said to God…"The only thing I need to work on in my life, after all that I've been through in this life; is to learn how to trust others again." This had truly weighed so heavily upon my heart, and I wanted to see it resolved, especially while serving God. From there, His reply to me came through a Bible verse in Psalm 118:8, which reads… "It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man." In other words, He was showing me that I was to put my trust in Him alone…and once my heart took hold of that thought, it was as though the heavy burden that I had been carrying on my back for so long, had quickly been lifted from me.
As we close our time together today, my prayer is that we won't allow the hurtful words of others, to have control over our lives and place us in a prison cell of despair; but that we will allow God to use these times in our lives, to help us draw even closer to Him…the One we can truly trust…the One whose love is real and everlasting…and the One who will never ever let us down…Amen!!
Have a very blessed day and I will look forward to another visit with you tomorrow! God bless!
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