What do you do when trust is broken in a relationship?
When we’ve been wounded by people, especially people we should be able to trust, the default response for most is to put up walls around our heart and shut people out. This can include God.
I was sexually abused as a child, between the ages of 9 and 15. My parents divorced when I was two, and my father was absent for most of my childhood. I’ve been betrayed by family, friends, and even a spouse (in my first marriage). I can list so many reasons why I shouldn’t love, or why I shouldn’t trust others.
But, then I think of Jesus. He endured betrayal and abuse from others on a scale that I will never have to endure. He sees and knows our pain, and He understands. Of all the people who could ever understand the different hurts we will experience in life, He does. Proverbs 3:5 is a favorite passage of mine. It has carried me through seasons of abuse, betrayal, divorce, financial uncertainty, family hardships, and trials in my marriage.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5 NIV)
Remember this passage when you face difficult situations. Let it be what turns your face to the One who sees and understands what you are going through. He is good, and faithful in all things. He is trustworthy.