[Jesus said] “You trust God, don’t you? Trust me.” John 14:1
Everywhere I go in my neighborhood I see signs of distrust–yards with alarm company signs, security gates and bars over windows, and people walking their pets carrying a stick to protect their dogs from coyotes. All for a good reason. There is crime in our lovely community, and a few smaller dogs have been snatched out of the arms of their owner by a hungry coyote.
A friend of mind lives alone and decided she needed to buy a gun to protect herself. It wasn’t a trust issue that drove her into this conclusion, but rather a fear factor. I understand the right to protect oneself, and having a gun is one way to do so. However, she proceeded to tell me she doesn’t know how to use it! Now, that causes me more fear than if she did not have a gun. Until she gets certified for using a firearm, I wont trust her to protect anyone–especially herself.
Fear and Trust are kissing cousins. Without trust, fear can turn us into a slave to paranoia. Without fear, we might become too loosey-goosey and actually set ourselves up for a dreadful situation.
Lord, shower wisdom on us to discern how fear and trust can enhance our lives. Amen.