Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- May 20, 2011
“Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:10
Intimacy trusts and lack of intimacy distrusts. It is through the process of getting to know God and understanding His heart that grows our trust in Him. There is nothing to be learned about the Lord that causes distrust. On the contrary, the more we get to know Jesus—the more we trust Jesus. The unusual affection of Almighty God becomes evident once we engage deep with Him. Trust only buds at salvation—but over time it blossoms with intimacy.
The brand name of Jesus has no peer even close, because its purity is without rival. Even the most trusted names you know are nowhere near the value of the name Jesus. Wise Christians are the ones who really get to know and trust the Savior of their soul. Jesus Christ is their trusted advisor, because of the intimate knowledge they have of Him.
“LORD Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you” (Psalm 84:12).
Is it hard for you to trust God in general and people in particular? If so, what is your intimacy factor with both? Perhaps it is low because a person has let you down, or the Lord did not answer a prayer to your pleasing. Intimacy takes intentionality—it does not happen as an afterthought or happenstance with positive feelings. It is a labor of love.
Do you really trust your spouse or friend? You say, well their track record of trust is littered with let downs, “How can I trust them?” Grace gives second changes, it thinks the best and believes the Lord can transform someone’s distrusting behavior into a trusting lifestyle. Indeed, you will live in fear and stress, if you deny them intimate opportunities.
“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God” (Romans 15:7).
Intimacy takes into account other’s bad actions, but looks beyond the hurt to what’s in their heart. A child of God has a heart that has been redeemed, but still needs ongoing renewal. When you accept your spouse or friend unconditionally you position your relationship for an intimate encounter. Acceptance receives willingly another’s warts and loves unconditionally in spite of their offenses. It enters into a room of intimacy and a home of trust.
Therefore, seek out the never forsaken love of the Lord—believe it, receive it, give it. It is intimacy with the Almighty that fuels intimacy with family and friends. Intimacy is not about who wins—it’s about who listens, accepts, understands and comforts. A combative spirit kills intimacy and tortures trust, but a kind spirit enlivens intimacy and frees trust.
“The LORD is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does” (Psalm 145:13b).
How can I grow in intimacy and trust with Jesus and those who know me the best?
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