We are taking a brief pause in our ongoing study in the Book of Acts during this week of Spring Break, and offer this week’s devos as we examine how our foundation of faith impacts our view on marriage. We would love for you to share these devotionals with your friends, if it has impacted you. We will resume our study of Acts on March 18th.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5
The hardest part of relationships is being in them. It’s always easy to give advice to another’s relationship struggles than it is to take it. As long as we stand on the outside like spectators at an aquarium, we appear to be experts. We know exactly what others should do and why they should do it. But knowing is the problem.
We know too much. Taking a defensive posture against truth is manifested in the response “Oh I already know that.” The truth is, we do know it. We know our way into jealous rages, critical spirits, bitterness, destructive behaviors, affairs and divorce. To know will never change us. We have so separated knowledge and experience, it’s possible to know everything and do nothing.
This is why so many relationships and families are in trouble. In our intensely competitive world, we thirst for connection, intimacy and union, yet, it’s never been so difficult to quench the thirst. We are a bunch of know-it-alls, we read blogs, absorb YouTube sermons, listen to lectures, and at the end of the day, we yell at our kids, say mean things to our spouse, and forget to be thankful for our friendships.
Knowledge is not the answer. Knowing a principle will never change our life, unless we practice it. In relationships, it’s not enough to know we have to take responsibility for what we know.
There is something more valuable than knowing, it’s trusting. Trust is what gives knowledge weight and movement. Trust forces us to let go. All the knowledge in the world can’t produce it, it must be given. One can’t trust without moving out of the head and into the heart. Truly trusting holds the feet of knowledge to the fire of action.
Trust requires something of us. Trust shows we really care, because we give to someone we care about. Trust brought into a relationship provides more nourishment and enhances the good already present. Understanding our identity in Christ becomes real by trusting that identity at the very core of our being. We are completely and totally loved and embraced in the arms of God.
Does trusting come easily for you? This week let someone in on what you are experiencing.