Truth and Trust
“I could tell you,” swaggers the tough guy, “but then I’d have to eliminate you.” This often-used comedic moment that shows up in movies, sitcoms, and on bumper stickers, is the antithesis of intimacy. It says this: “I know things that you don’t know; things that you would like to know. Unfortunately, one of the things I don’t know is you. I don’t know what you’ll do with the information I give you; I don’t know if I can trust you. I can’t afford to have you running around knowing what I know.”
Intimacy requires two things at a minimum: Trust and truth. Trust is the backbone of intimacy, while truth is its currency. Speaking lies is like passing counterfeit money; betraying trust is like leaving the steel reinforcement bars out of a concrete foundation. Conversely, when truth and trust characterize a long-term relationship, it is a sign that intimacy is present and growing. One of the key signs of developing intimacy is the sharing of information. Being taken into the confidence of another person—in a righteous sense, not for gossip or ulterior motives—is a powerful moment. It is a sign of trust, and therefore of intimacy. God set the example for intimacy through sharing of personal information.
One of the most profound verses in the Old Testament is God’s word through Amos concerning his relationship with his prophets. Think of it: God does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets! Talk about being in the inner circle! The Lord spoke the truth, and he trusted his prophets; he is a truthful and trustworthy God. People who are intimate are friends because they talk and share information. Abraham was the friend of God (James 2:23). The disciples were the friends of Christ (John 15:15). Friendship with God is the most important friendship a person can have.
Do you and God count each other as good friends? You can. He opens the door by being truthful and trustworthy. The more truthful and trustworthy with him you are, the deeper your intimacy will become. Is there any truth or trust you need to convey to him today?God’s Promise to You: “I will always tell you the truth and never betray your trust.”
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