When either one of the kids had to go to the bathroom in the airport I had a dilemma. Twice I found a woman wearing a uniform and asked her if she would either watch Leili for me while I took Jadon to the bathroom, or take Leili to the bathroom while Jadon and I waited. Saying “will you take her” to a stranger required trust that was enhanced by the fact that one worked for Delta airlines and the other for the airport. After 36 years of wearing an army uniform there is something comforting about working with someone else similarly attired.
Joshua 10:6--Then the men of Gibeon sent word to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal: “Don’t abandon your servants. Come quickly and save us! Help us, for all the Amorite kings living in the hill country have joined forces against us.”
The Bible does not use the word trust often with people. In fact, there are many verses that caution against trusting people—to include friends and family. But the reality is we all face times when we have to and should rely on people. The folks in Gibeon faced an alliance of kings with armies bent on destroying them. They had to depend on Joshua and the Israelites to come to their defense.
We live in a world where trust is not easy. Simply watch or read the news and headlines and we quickly recognize that evil proliferates and bad things happen to unsuspecting humans. This is precisely why as followers of Jesus we need to be true to our word and possess character and conduct that is reliable. Those who worry over their fate and face a litany of fears ought to be able to come to us and ask for help. Every time a Christian leader or one who is vocal about his or her faith commits an egregious act of sin it creates doubt in those who don’t know Jesus why they should trust us. May we honor God by living righteously. May we be those whom others can come to for help. And remember to gain trust requires trusting. We too need to be able to say at times, “Will you take her?” Vulnerability is often the gateway to relationship-building!
It is equally an error to trust all men or no man.—Latin Proverb
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)