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What is trust?



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:

(59) + May 1, [1938]. This evening, Jesus said to me,
My daughter, do you need anything?
I answered, “O my Love, when I have You I have everything.” And the Lord answered,
If souls would put themselves completely in My care, I myself would undertake the task of sanctifying them, and I would lavish even greater graces on them. There are souls who thwart My efforts, but I have not given up on them; as often as they turn to Me, I hurry to their aid, shielding them with My Mercy, and I give them the first place in My compassionate Heart.

Many people have trouble with ‘private revelations’ and it is good to be discerning. Yet I believe that some of these exp
ressions of God’s love for a certain soul are for all of us. Even though we do not understand infinite love, we do long for it, and our hearts do understand, even if our minds struggle with it. Our hearts long for love, and we also long for the bridge that makes this possible, which is trust. With God both desires are fulfilled, though we have to choose and trust in trying circumstances. We need to die to our fears and tendency to withdraw and isolate. With people perhaps this may be necessary. With God, never!


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