To Trust or Not to Trust?

I'm in desperate need of some catharsis. I thought that a jar of Nutella might be the answer this afternoon, but after one too many spoon fulls I felt worse, not better.

The question plaguing my mind is trust. When should it be given and when should it be witheld?

Is it something that you give only if it is first proven that the other is deserving of your trust? Or, do you hand it out blindly and hope for the best? Or, something in the middle maybe? Is it an issue of practicality, spirituality, both?

All I can come up with so far is that God freely gave His Son. In His infinite Knowledge He knew that some would accept His gift, He knew others would reject it. Yet, He gave freely to all. Isn't this the deepest form of trust? On the other hand, trust seems to imply a lack of knowing, and since God is all-knowing, maybe trust isn't the right word. Still, even if he doesn't trust us, He has entrusted us with many things.

Christianity 101 is based on the truth that God wants to form a loving relationship with us. And, in order to accept that love, we have to trust Him and have faith in a Creator that we have not seen. So, how does this parallel with our earthly relationships?

To get a little philosophical here, it reminds me vaguely of Plato's theory of Forms. The principles that God portrays in the God-Man relationship are the one's that we should try to immitate in our earthly relationships. Obviously, we will do so in an imperfect way.

So, how does trust play into this? There are so many verses in the Bible on how we are called to "love" others, but what about trust them? Must the two always go hand in hand? My brain is in spaghetti over this. Part of me wants to trust implicity. The other part of me thinks that's just not practical.


  1. Love in the ICor13 sense is as absolute as that freely given by Christ.
    Jesus may have died for those Romans and Pharisees in love, but he would not necessarily have trusted them.
    Trust is an intellectual, pragmatic, probabilistic thing.
    Think of how there are people whom you don't trust to drive your car, as they are simply incapable, but you do trust them (or not) to explain a topic they know, with accuracy.
    So, trust has context.

  2. In dealing with the Soviet Union President Reagan used the term “trust but verify”which may be a good policy in some human relationships. Blind trust may not work as well.

  3. It is a hard line I think . . . especially with some of the people we work with, it's hard to know how much to trust them with and how much to make yourself vulnerable -- but i'm not sure if it's possible to fully love without trust . . . I dont know!