“Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say; I open my lips to speak what is right (Proverbs 8:6).”
I am a big fan of the medical drama “House”. Partly I like the show because each week the doctors have to solve some patient’s mysterious illness.
Another reason I enjoy this program is because it portrays real people with real character flaws. I can relate to them, i.e. the people AND their flaws.
Recently on the show Dr. Gregory House has developed a love affair with his boss, Dr. Lisa Cuddy. This office romance brings with it many complications.
House is a rogue who has what once termed a “flexible conscience”. He is not beyond lying, cheating, stealing and breaking the law to solve his medical cases.
One of the people he lies to regularly happens to be Dr. Cuddy. In the most recent shows, she has caught him in a lie at work, and this has produced a big rift in their relationship.
House doesn’t understand what the problem is. He tells Cuddy that at work he does what he needs to do to get the job done, and it has no bearing on their personal relationship. Cuddy tells him,”I can’t compartmentalize like you can.”
Cuddy understands one thing House doesn’t. Now that they are a couple, House needs to trust his beloved. She sees that he doesn’t, and that causes her hurt.
Mike Mason writes that a marriage is intended to be an expression of our love for God. The inference is that if one does not love God, he or she is going to have a problem expressing true love in other relationships.
The issue is trust. Is God trustworthy enough to be loved? Or, do we love God enough to trust Him?
The Bible showcases some people who truly trust God. It also has some characters who have trust issues.
Matthew portrays one man who wanted to trust Jesus, but he wasn’t sure. He was sick with leprosy and he told Jesus reservedly,”If you will, you can make me clean.” Jesus told him,”I will, be clean.” He healed the man (Matthew 8:1-3).
Matthew also wrote about a Roman officer who came to Jesus and told Him of a paralyzed servant. Jesus asked the soldier,”Do you want me to come and heal him?”
The officer told Jesus that He didn’t need to go anywhere. He knew as one with authority himself that Jesus had the power to influence his servant from afar.
Jesus was so impressed with this man’s trust that he cited him as one who would be remembered through all time. Sure enough, his story is recorded in Matthew 8:5-13).
Luke also writes of real people who either trusted Jesus fully or didn’t. One man, previously a sorcerer, came to faith and saw the power that the apostles Peter and John had to heal.
He wanted what they had, so he fell back on his old practices and offered them money for whatever potion they were using. He was soundly by the apostles for his deeply flawed heart (Acts 8:9-23).
On the other hand, Luke also tells of an Ethiopian official that had no trust problems. When he heard a full explanation of what he was reading from the Bible, he wholeheartedly asked to be baptized, showing his dedication to his new faith (Acts 8:26-39).
The Ethiopian eunuch understood that the Bible was God’s Word. Since he trusted God fully, he was willing to do what the Scriptures communicated.
This is the crux of the obedience problem I have as a Christian. When I don’t obey God’s Word, it shows I do not find God Himself to be trustworthy.
As one who has been a believer for most of his life, I find this to be a real eye opener, and troubling. If I do not trust God, then I question whether or not I truly love Him.
Mason writes that love is painful because it makes us quite vulnerable. It calls us to share our full commitment to the one loved. We have to trust that person if we are to truly love them.
In practical experience, this lack of love for God due to trust issues shows up also in my other relationships. If I don’t love God, how am I to fully love my wife in marriage the way she should be loved.
The trustworthiness of God, and by inference, the reliability of His Word, is an important issue. The conclusion I come to on this subject means everything in terms of my life in Christ and my human relationships.
Thus, the issue can’t be ignored are shunted aside. It has to be addressed, and soon.
It’s something to mull over.