Today’s study continues with Selwyn’s excellent discussion on trust.
I liked this part: “Sometimes someone has said to me, ‘Isn’t it idealistic to expect me to be vulnerable to further hurt after I have been let down and betrayed?’ My answer is to point them to Jesus. If He can do it then so can we – providing we depend on His strength and not ours. Jesus knows better than anyone what it means to be let down and betrayed. In all the heaped-up pain of His passion, few things would have hurt Him more than being betrayed by … Peter. … Did our Lord’s experience of Peter’s denial cause Him to conclude. ‘Never again will I trust that man’? The answer is a loud, clear “No!” (read, John 21:15-19)
Selwyn concludes by saying: “Jesus did not allow the hurt He felt to deter Him from continuing, even pursuing, the relationship. That’s what I mean by vulnerability. That’s what I mean by love.”
Every now and then, I stumble and fail to obey my Lord’s commandments. My betrayal causes immense pain to Jesus, it’s causes Him grief, His heart is hurt and He is saddened. Yet, He comes to me – with arms open – on the shores of my ‘Galilee’ and provides the opportunity for me to respond to His words, ‘do you truly love Me?’. He gives me the opportunity to receive His forgiveness and to restore our relationship. His great love for us – means that He makes Himself vulnerable. We need to follow Jesus down the path, He has laid out in front of us – placing our trust in Him – and allowing our love to be rejected. In the same way that His love is often rejected or betrayed. Do you agree?
Verses, (Proverbs 29:19-27, NIV) set for reading and meditation follow:
“A servant cannot be corrected by mere words; though he understands, he will not respond.
Do you see a man who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
If a man pampers his servant from youth, he will bring grief in the end.
An angry man stirs up dissension, and a hot-tempered one commits many sins.
A man’s pride brings him low, but a man of lowly spirit gains honor.
The accomplice of a thief is his own enemy; he is put under oath and dare not testify.
Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.
Many seek an audience with a ruler, but it is from the LORD that man gets justice.
The righteous detest the dishonest; the wicked detest the upright.”