Don’t Trust Anyone
“But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man.”
John 2:24-25 ESV
I was excited when this came up as my Oswald Chambers devotional today. Understanding this verse became a pivotal part of learning how to forgive for me. And that was that I learned that, like Jesus, I should never truly trust anyone.
How cynical, right? But Jesus was anything but a cynic. So, if Jesus didn’t fully trust anyone, what did He trust?
He trusted the same thing that we can trust. God’s movement within that person’s life. Jesus saw past the person and looked for the ways that they were allowing God to use them. In doing so He used that as a scale for how much He could entrust to them. All of humanity will let you down, but God never will. When we look for God moving in someone’s life instead of their intrinsic ability to be trustworthy, the balance is set right.
When we have this knowledge our ability to forgive is strengthened. When someone fails us, we need not take it personally. It was their inability to let God use them properly at that moment. It leaves us available to give them grace and to love them and assist them back into a right relationship with the Lord.
This week I challenge you to examine in whom you have your real trust. Is it God or is it man? Have you learned to truly trust fully in no one but your Savior?