Many years ago I met a guy in a state hundreds of miles from my own. I thought he was handsome, and although I didn’t believe in long distance relationships I gave him my number. After all he was interested, and I couldn’t see the harm in at least being his friend.
What I liked about him was that he made me laugh, he was a pretty funny guy, and anyone that knows me knows that I love to laugh. But it stopped being funny when he started telling me I was his girl, and that he was telling all his friends that we were dating. I rationalized that perhaps it wouldn’t be a bad thing, perhaps we could work things out, but I wanted to take some time to think about it. And then one day I called him to catch up (we hadn’t spoken for a while) and he told me that he had moved in with a female friend. This female friend let him drive her extra car, made him meals, and took care of him.
“Are you sure she’s just a friend?” I asked him. “Why? are you jealous?” “No I’m not jealous (and I wasn’t), but I thought you said you liked me” I responded. “Well you’re the one I like, but she is taking care of me, and you have too many rules.”
I just smiled to myself.
Our relationship with Christ is often like that. We say we love him, yet when things get challenging we try to solve our problems in our own way. Christ, after all, has to many rules. But true love cannot work within faithlessness. Love and faith go hand in hand. You can’t love someone you don’t trust and you don’t have faith in. And you can’t have complete faith in someone if you don’t understand how much they love you.
When I find myself worrying about things, and trying to personally solve my problems, I realize that I have forgotten how much God loves me, and I have lost my faith in his promises.
So ask yourself, do you really love God? Can God trust you with his love?