Recently I learnt of a teenager whose father’s closest friend was keeping an illicit affair with, they had been meeting in hotels for weeks and this man was having his way with this little girl.
Her father’s friend, so close, was present at her father’s wedding, he was at the hospital when she was being born. she grew right before his eyes, he was like a member of her family.
As she blossomed into a young lady something possessed this man and he started going to school to pick her up, take her to a hotel and have his way with her. Note that as a teenager in a day school she could go out of school at her leisure. The girl would tell later that she was afraid to tell her parents, she didn’t know what their reactions would be, so sad. I know, we want to start blaming her parents for entrusting their daughter into the hands of their friend but is it truly wrong to trust?
How were they supposed to know that someone they practically grew up with, someone who they saw as a father to their daughter would do such a thing? I would not want to take any position since I do not have the details required to make any assertions.
But any way, I do not think it is wrong to trust, I only think we should be wise and discerning in our trust, it is not wise to lose all care and caution in your dealing with people. We must realise that we live in very evil days.
But trust we must, other wise we will live lives full of suspicion, always looking over our shoulders, always afraid. I have met some people who live such lives and I must say that they are sort of imprisoned by their fears.
We live in wicked times I must admit, hence caution must be applied when we deal with people. But above all we must depend on God’s leading, we must trust Him to deliver us from evil. We must trust Him because He is absolutely trust worthy and He knows who we can or cannot trust.
We can live free of fear and anxiety, we can live free knowing that God is with us as we lean on Him. Especially for those of us who have been hurt like the parents of the girl I wrote about, they must learn to trust without believing that every man is like their friend.
What I am trying to drive home here is that trust is something we cannot completely rule out from our lives because as long as we live we must interact with the world, but to be safe and protected from the evil inherent in the world we must completely and absolutely depend on God.
The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.
Has your trust been broken? Are you willing to trust again? Are you learning to trust again?