It’s hard to love someone you don’t trust.
“Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah, as on the day at Massah in the wilderness, when your fathers put me to the test, and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.” -Psalm 95:8-9
The foundation of every relationship is trust, especially our relationship with God.
Time and again the children of Israel had seen Yahweh provide, prepare and powerfully deliver them, yet they continued to demand more proof of His goodness. They did not trust Him, and you cannot truly love one whom you do not trust.
So it is with us, with me. If I harden my heart and close my eyes to all the ways God has cared for me in the past, if my attitude is one of doubt, then I am saying to Him, “God, I don’t trust You.” Without trust there can be no love, and no true freedom.
If I would experience freedom and joy in my life, I need only look back at the things Jesus has done and believe that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8) If He was faithful then, He’ll be faithful now and forever, and faithfulness like that isn’t hard for me to love at all.
May it be so for you, too.