Sunday, August 12, 2012
Scripture: John 14:1 (NIV)
"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me."
Jesus is preparing his disciples for what is about to happen. These are the beginnings of his final instructions to them. Within just a few chapters he will be arrested and taken from them.
"Trust me." How many times have we heard someone say those words? How many times have we heard those words, and then watched as they were scattered like dust before a storm?
Reality would tell us that we're human, and humans will fail each other from time to time. A promise may be made with sincere intentions, and reinforced with "trust me," but later broken. It happens. Unfortunately, it happens a lot, leaving the one who has been let down with even greater reasons for caution the next time they hear those words. Often, they become shallow and meaningless.
I confess that I have trust issues. That is one of the reasons I'm participating in Celebrate Recovery. My inner circle is very small. I can imagine that in their time, involved with who they were involved with, the disciples also had a very tight inner circle. Even Jesus had only 12.
I know that there may be times when human trust fails, but I don't fear that happening when I hear Christ speak those words to me.
God of us all, strengthen me as I hear Christ's call to trust in him. Remind me of my human weaknesses and fill my growing edges with your presence. Amen.