Giving Relationships Over to the Care of God

forgivenessThere is a sweetness to a relationship with one who knows us really well.  We can let our guard down, we can be “ourselves” without fear of rejection.  We all long for relationships like that and do well to nurture the existing friendships we hold dear.

Jeremiah the prophet had a tough job.  The messages that he was directed to give to the people of Israel at that time were not pretty.  In being such a messenger Jeremiah had to search his own heart often.  In chapter 12 Jeremiah says, “But as for me, Lord, you know my heart.  You see me and test my thoughts.”  What an assurance and comfort to know that God knows our heart!  That He alone can see every part of you and I – our thoughts, our motivations, our desires and intentions, and that God alone can test our thoughts.  What a sweet comfort to know, especially when others doubt us, that God knows you and I thoroughly.

In our relationships with others it is important to remember, “God alone knows motive.”  We try to guess from the outside, but only God sees all.  We can hand over those troubling relationships to the One who knows all and entrust to His care the things that we find confusing.

Streams in the Desert offers some consoling thoughts when we consider them in the context of relationships:  “Do not look forward to what my happen tomorrow.  The same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow, and every day.  Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it.  Be at peace, then, put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.  – Frances De Sales

God is the God of our relationships.  We can only change ourselves.  There are times we just have to entrust people we hold dear to the Lord, pray for them and know that God is a relational being and cares deeply for all concerned.  We see only part of the picture.  But in His time He will work out all things well.

 

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