Have you ever pondered the intimate relationship between confession and trust?
Most of us don’t naturally associate these two words together. Not until our personal confessions are betrayed by another do we recognize the sacred relationship shared between confession and trust.
The Greek word for confess (verb) means to agree, profess, and acknowledge. To confess our sins to God means we agree with God about our sin. The word trust (verb) means to put our faith and confidence in, and to believe in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.
Herein lies the sacred relationship. If we do not trust God, that is, put our faith and confidence in Him, or believe in His reliability, truth, ability, and strength, then we will not be drawn toward the confession of that which is not of Him. In other words, if we won’t trust God, then we won’t acknowledge the sin that separates us from Him.
Our distrust of Him has already separated us from Him. Sin then becomes just an everyday walk of life.
However, dear friends, if we WILL trust God, that is put our faith and confidence in Him, or believe in His reliability, truth, ability, and strength, then we WILL be drawn into the most intimate relationship of all. Confession will become our everyday walk as we live in acknowledgement and agreement with God each step of the way.
Trusting God requires an intricate braiding of faith, hope, and a decision of our will that helps us see ourselves as we really are. Both human and divine. Sinner and saint. Work in progress and Masterpiece. Dead in our transgressions and alive in Christ.
We can trust God because He’s given us a Trustee in the person of Jesus Christ who claims us as His own for our own good and for the glory of the Kingdom of God.
“Yet he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make known his mighty power.” Psalms 106:8 ESV
In Christ, we’ve been given the inheritance of a child of God. The Trustee entrusted His life to the will of the Father, so that we could share in His Kingdom for His name’s sake.
You can not only trust Him with your confessions, you can trust Him with your life.