The centerpiece of all great relationships is trust, whether it is with your spouse, children, parent, leader, friend, etc. We all know that when trust starts to erode, the relationship suffers greatly, and you begin to experience distance and suspicion. You can’t have a healthy, growing relationship without trust. As trust deepens, the relationship deepens and matures. This is also true in our relationship with God.
Paul writes to the church in Thessalonica:
We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one other is increasing. Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring. 2 Thessalonians 1:3-4
Paul was congratulating them on the fact that their trust (faith) was growing more and more. Guess where it led them? They were able to persevere and endure even though the circumstances of life could have caused them to distrust and doubt Him.
It is all about you and me developing a deep, deep trust in God. Think with me about God sending Jesus into the world to re-establish a relationship with mankind. For that relationship to happen there must be trust, or faith. You see, anything that enhances trust between two entities enhances the relationship. If you grow the trust, you deepen the relationship.
It is no coincidence that our relationship with God is initiated by an act of faith (trust).
“For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Isn’t that interesting? We receive eternal life by “believing in or trusting in Christ. The very first thing God requires of us is TRUST.
WHY? Because that is the stuff relationships are made of.
And that is what your heavenly Father wants most from you: a relationship characterized by TRUST.