How is our ability to trust God impacted by our experiences with people?


Life is all about relationships. We were created for relationships — both with God and with other people.. We know that from Scripture. However, the big difference between our relationship with God and other people is that we’ve never seen God. We experience Him, feel His presence at times and may even see Him move supernaturally amongst our relationships, but nonetheless we have never actually seen Him in person — in the flesh. This is where faith comes in. Faith is trusting in something (or someone) you have never seen with your eyes. It’s the assurance and confidence that what we hope for will actually happen.

Therefore, it is our human relationships that paint in our open spaces about our views of God. Our human relationships inform our relationship with God at times because that is what we can see. Sometimes these relationships can become the lens through which we view and interpret God. So if someone you love or trust betrays you, you are likely to view God with the same skepticism and lack of trust. We find this all the time with children. How the authority figures in a child’s life have treated them (both good and bad) will inform their perception of God as they mature. Humans are on one level so simple, yet paradoxically absolutely complex.