I closed my eyes and settled into the silence. It started with a gentle kiss, a warm caress on my shoulder, then a more forceful embrace. The room in my mind was dimmed with red light symbolizing the perfect passion of Christ’s love for me (The same red light the enemy has stolen and perverted.). I thought of the Song of Songs and understood. The intimacy is remarkably blush-worthy. Jesus’ love excites His promise in me that I will be healed. This love of the Lord is difficult for me to imagine and receive. Growing up I trusted the adults in my life and intimacy was defiled. I didn’t know how much intimacy draws people together in reciprocal trust and care.
The truth is that people don’t trust God because they don’t trust people.
We’ve all trusted someone and have been let down. It’s inevitable that trust will fail on some level at some point in our relationships. We can expect to be disappointed because people are fallible. People will fall short of our expectations, especially if our expectations are too high, miscommunicated, or unreasonable. It makes sense that we’d have a hard time trusting again after we’ve been hurt. When we’ve been hurt over and over, trusting others becomes difficult. Which makes trusting God difficult too.
When we’ve trusted and been hurt, we can give people grace and forgiveness to maintain relationships. God does the same thing with us — He forgives us and gives us grace abundantly. God understands that we have a hard time trusting and He seeks our hearts anyway.
God’s compassionate agape love for us goes far beyond what we can ever imagine. God is trustworthy to say and do the very best for us. We can trust Him. God does not lie, so we can believe what He tells us in Scripture. God leads us in Proverbs 3:5–6, TPT saying, “Trust in the Lord completely and do not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart rely on him to guide you, and he will lead you in every decision you make. Become intimate with him in whatever you do, and he will lead you wherever you go.”
Trusting God is an important foundation of our relationship with Him. If we don’t trust God, we will not easily enter our Secret Place. We must find the ability to trust Him to begin healing and growing in our relationship with Christ. We need to trust God and be receptive to receiving all He has for us.
Not Trusting is Not an Option
Without trust in God, we stay immature, lukewarm, broken, and fractured. We miss what is happening in the Body of Christ. Holding onto a lack of trust in God builds anger and resentment. Life becomes joyless, unfruitful, and stuck in cycles of destruction. Without trusting God, we stay the same, unchanged, with broken relationships, no purpose or vision, toxic, without identity, unsafe, and estranged from supernatural connection with Him. We suffer, remain discouraged, hopeless, scared, alone, and feel abandoned.
The truth is that when we trust God, He will draw us out of all the destruction caused by our sin and rebellion. We are in sin and rebellion when we don’t trust God because we are rejecting Him and all He has for us. God wants us to be free, whole, and healthy. He wants us to see the victory we’ve been offered through Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. God wants to permanently heal us, save us, and help us to know our identity in Him. With trust in God, we can find freedom in our Secret Place.
Trust Comes with Hope
God made us with a specific calling, purpose, and destiny we can only fulfill in our relationship with Him. Let’s receive more of God for our healing and to fulfill our destiny. Let’s live in our victory. Let’s bring our lack of trust and all our other cares to Him. Let’s surrender everything, even our lives to Him. It may be hard at first, and it may be a process, but we can find God our Secret Place. We can connect with Jesus deeply and enter His holy ground to receive everything He has prepared for us.
Everything we are looking for is waiting for us in our Secret Place. The desires of our hearts can be made manifest as we spend time with God. The exhilaration of freedom awaits us. Knowledge and understanding find us there. There’s more to the Secret Place than we can understand.
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