There is a fine line when it comes to trusting others. On each side of the line are intentions, some good and some not so good. The problem lies in knowing which intentions are which.
In Deuteronomy 20:1-4, God is telling the Israelites not to be afraid. For them, the fear was from the other nations and people they would have to battle. War is no joke. It is serious business. They had reason to be afraid but they also had the One True God on their side.
God did not just leave them to fight the battle. He knew they would have fear, therefore, he told them that a priest would come forward and give these words of encouragement, “Hear, Israel: Today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not panic or be terrified by them. For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.” God is working through the priest to give courage to the Israelites. (verses 3-4)
The Lord God was reminding them of the unseen. He was reminding them that He does the fighting and secures the victory. He wanted them to focus on Him and not on the enemy army. The Lord reminded them through a man, a priest. God used a man to bring courage to the Israelites hearts.
The priest was someone that they learned to trust because they were men specifically set apart to do God’s work. Today, on this side of the cross, we who believe in Jesus have inherited the royal priesthood. 1Peter 2:9-10. We are all called to be encouragers and do God’s work.
The Intentions on Each Side of the Fine Line of Trusting Others
The intentions people have are not in your face. They don’t wear a sign proclaiming their intentions. It is something that we have to be able to discern based on the information provided. Trusting others with bad intentions can lead us down the wrong path so we have to learn to be good detectives.
Detecting the wrong or bad intentions of others needs to have the filter of God’s truth. When we hold things that people say up to God’s Word and His truth, we are better able to see the deceit and the selfish intentions of others. We can learn to walk the fine line of trusting others when we have God and His Word helping us.
Melancholy’s in the Inclusion area, which is the area within our temperament that is about our social surface relationships and our mind, have a tendency to distrust others. This distrust can leave you feeling lonely and afraid because you trust no one. But God, ultimately wants to help those with this temperament to trust in him and know that he does work through other people. The Bible has testimony after testimony of how God worked through people. Distrusting others is not the way God wants you to live. He wants to help you discern the intentions of others and know that He does work his good intentions through people in your life.
Through Him and His Word, we can all learn how to discern the intentions of others and how to listen to the Holy Spirit in us that is there to guide us. The Holy Spirit will help us to trusts those He wants us to trust and will let us know when we are not to trust.
Trusting others takes time. If you struggle with this, I would be honored to serve the Lord in this way and help you towards an intimacy with God that can help you learn to discern who and what to trust. Take the first step and contact me today.