On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers…(2 Co 1:10–11).
The world is not against you. I know it feels that way sometimes. You start to lose trust in people and because of it you just start closing your heart off from everyone. You’ve convinced yourself it’s safer to just not go there anymore with people because after all, so many people have hurt you so how can you trust that these people won’t act in the same way?
I get that feeling. I understand how it feels to wonder who has your back. I hate that feeling, but what I’ve recognized in the midst of all of it is that I often allow the voice of the enemy to convince me that I can trust no one. Honestly, that just isn’t true. I have lots of people in my corner, but man, when life seems unfair or circumstances go awry it is really easy to believe the world and everyone in it are against us.
Sometimes I’ll even say to myself, “Well, I’ve got Jesus, so that’s enough for me. I don’t need those people.” But even that sentiment is an unhealthy one. It’s as if I’m using Jesus as my protective order against people who have the potential to hurt me. Although He protects me from harm it certainly isn’t beneficial to use Him against people in an unhealthy way to protect myself.
It’s scary, I get it. You’ve been burnt by people, so have I. It takes hard work to open yourself up once more, but with healthy, open, loving, grace-filled conversations, we can make that happen. We can grow and change, no in isolation, but together with other imperfect people who are on a journey with Jesus. Misunderstandings often come because trust has yet to be formed and we cannot learn to trust people if we are not willing to open the door of our lives and have hard, but growing conversations.
Lord, thank you for growth opportunities. Thank you that I don’t have to fear. I don’t have to close myself off from people. I can trust in your name. Lord, be my joy and delight. Help me to continue to grow in humility, in Jesus name, Amen.