I Don’t Trust You

There’s kind of a weird contradiction about me. On one hand, I tend to very quickly become everyone’s greatest fan. Friends and co-workers have been making fun of me for it for years. I meet someone and then go on and on about their best qualities, rave about their potential. And I mean it. And I like that about me.

On the other hand, I tend to be very slow to trust people. I’m a little cynical about their character and take a wait and see approach as far as trusting them personally, or with any leadership. And I don’t like that about me. It makes me feel less like Jesus.

But I’ve been picking up a theme reading through the book of John, and it’s that Jesus seems to be at least a little cynical, and also very slow to trust. Maybe I’m wrong, but I think we see it in today’s reading (John 7), and in earlier chapters we see Jesus talking about not trusting or caring what people say or think about Him, and we see Him questioning the true commitment level of His followers, and maybe the best example is John 2:24-25, which says, “But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all men. He did not need man’s testimony about man, for he knew what was in a man.”

Not sure why I share that with you, I’m not necessarily trying to raise the banner for being jaded or paranoid… I’ve just sharing each day what comes to me as I read, and that’s what came to me today. And if you don’t like it? Remember, I’m cynical and don’t trust what you think anyway, so it doesn’t matter to me. 😉 (That’s the first time I’ve ever made a little smiley face thing. Actually took me a couple minutes to figure out how to do it!)