Jesus didn’t trust them, because he knew all about people. No one needed to tell him about human nature, for he knew what was in each person’s heart. John 2:24-25
Jesus knows people’s hearts and how fickle they are. He knows not to depend on them for what only His Father can give. Jesus also knows the hearts of the people we love and on whom we depend. Even at best, they are fickle compared to Him. While He would never tell us not to be in community, to love and to express our needs to each other, He would also assure us that He is available, and He is enough, when someone’s best falls short.
Are you disillusioned with people today? Perhaps you live in a relationship where you bare your soul and make your needs known, only to have them ignored. For the other person to love you well, it would require expensive personal change and perhaps they won’t risk stretching out of their comfort zone. Disillusionment happens on many levels and it is present in the most beautiful of relationships. Humanness collides with humanness and Jesus is there to pick up the pieces in our disappointment, and even heartbreak.
Perhaps in proportion to your need today, the love offered you feels like crumbs. Insatiable needs simply cannot be filled by anyone who stands nearby. Satan loves to point out the deficits, then finger-point, then discredit God’s inability to make up for what is lacking. He enhances the reality of our aching needs on a daily basis. Paul, whose past could have haunted him and caused him to doubt the love of God, told us to be rooted and grounded in it. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. Ephesians 3:17
Our roots in His love keep us strong. How does that look? Jesus didn’t stop telling those close to Him what he needed. When others reached out, He accepted their love with openness. He lived, at peace, with others’ limitations, even their failures. When His disciples fell asleep, leaving Him alone on the worst night of His life, His faith in His Father did not waver. When Peter denied Him, He still extended the hand of friendship to him ~ even to the end of Peter’s life.
Meaningful relationships here on earth are the icing on the cake, but I cannot make them the ‘cake’. If I put my hope in them, my moods will rise and fall with their performance, I will live with disappointment and disillusionment until the love of God seizes my soul and I learn to rest.
I’m so glad my heart is safely with You so I am safe to need others. Amen