What is trust?
In the English language the words ‘trust’ and ‘love’ are used in so many contexts that their meaning can be lost. For instance: “I love ice cream” is an expression about extreme liking of a ‘treat’. Then there is “I love my dog’, or ‘I love my wife”. Then there is ‘I love God’, or ‘God is love’. So ‘I love God’ and ‘I love ice cream’, do they mean the same thing?
The same is for trust. A salesman comes up and says: ‘trust me I am honest’. Or ‘I have trust in the government’, then there is ‘I trust in my family’. We can also say; ‘I trust in God’. Trust can be used in many contexts, yet do they mean the same thing?
Some people are more trustworthy than others. Yet we can all fail in trust. Sometimes it can be done maliciously; at others time the failure can be unintentional. Yet in both cases trust is lost. So no matter how much we trust another human being, there is always the possibility of betrayal. Yet to live a life without trusting can be one of extreme loneliness.
What about ‘trust in God’? I think when we use the word in that context it is different. Perhaps you can say if you are a believer, that trust can only be given to God. At the level that trust is used, I agree, yet trust in others is the same but different as well.
Can you trust someone yet not love them? Yes I believe so. For instance, a judge with a good reputation is probably worthy of trust. So if you go before this judge, you know that he will do his best to bring a true judgment in your case. Even if it goes against you, because justice in this world is never perfect or complete.
Can you trust God and not love him? I would say no, because it is of a different order all together. There is no conflict of interest in God; for God does not need anything from us…..accept perhaps our love. Even then, if we do not give our love to God, nothing is lost from the perspective of the Infinite. It is God who gives life, we can give nothing, but we can only receive. To trust in God, is to believe in God’s ‘yes’, towards us at all times. If we lack trust, it comes from us. Trust in God is a choice, just as it is when we trust another human being. The only difference, which is a big one, is that with God, we will never be disappointed.
In the Diary of Sr. Faustina Jesus says this: