For the most part I think we would agree that the reason we come to trust someone is because we have experienced that someone in a way that assures us that we can trust them with something of ourselves. But is knowing someone the only basis to trust?
As I took some time yesterday morning to pray and reflect on what I could share with a group of students at a chapel this week, God led me to Psalm 139. And as I was reading this chapter, it was pretty obvious that God wanted to speak to me first. I could not help but fix my attention on verse 16:
“Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.”
The more I thought about these statements, the more I felt like the author of this chapter when he said, “How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them!” (verse 17).
What I understood is that before my life began taking any form or shape in my mother’s womb, God had a vision of me in mind. His vision reached into the future and with that vision in mind He began to work from nothing what would become one day my being. He gave form to a physical body with unique traits, and a personality was designed with that future in mind. No detail necessary to fulfill that vision was left out. Furthermore, the days themselves and their amount were set on the record before any of them would even come to pass.
So, how about trusting someone on the basis that they know everything about our future? Why would I not trust that someone if after all they know e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g about my future. Not only that, but if that someone knows how my life fits into that future.
This is very sobering truth, and yet it is the very same truth I have struggled with most of my life. I can’t agree more with the author of this chapter that two essential responses on our part—toward someone who knows the future—are: search me and lead me. Search me, not because He does not know everything about me already, but search me so I can know myself as He knows me. And lead me, because my tendency is to choose my own version of life, but He can lead me in “life everlasting” (verses 23-24).
Consider this God, Creator, your Designer, who knows your future, as the one you can trust!