“That is why whoever accepts and trust the Son gets in on everything, life complete, and forever!” John 3:35
There is nothing “wishie-washie” about this verse in John. Accept and trust–that’s what it’s all about. Giving up the misguided notion that anyone can live life alone is the first step to accepting God’s love through Jesus. From this understanding comes the trust. One can’t be effective without the other.
A few years ago, I watched a segment on the Oprah show about a woman getting out of prison from an assault conviction. She’d been a heroin addict for years and is now home with her kids. If she messes up, the next prison stint could be 12 to 14 years. She emphasized strongly how she never wanted to go back to prison. I hope she asks God to help her resist temptation and to stay out of trouble.
I imagine folks that go through serious trauma and trials in their life have a hard time trusting anyone or anything. I’ve known people who found trust in God’s word–the total acceptance of what the Word says, and they know it will never change. To this, I say, “Amen.” We need to hold on to something true to move forward in our lives. Life is tough enough without something to trust. Trusting gives us ground to accept the things we cannot change by ourselves.
Dear Lord, help us trust you because we are your children and you want what’s best for us. Amen.