'Those who are trustworthy can keep a confidence.' Proverbs 11:13 NLT
We all have weaknesses, habits, struggles, dreams, childhood memories, unspoken needs and longings that we keep hidden deep inside. We don't want the world to know about the painful memories we hold on to, or for anyone to find out about the things we battle with. But the truth is, we can't keep any of these things a secret from God. He sees everything. 'He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him' (Daniel 2:22 NIV). But even when he knows our worst secrets, he still loves us and invites us into a relationship with him.
We all have a yearning for someone to confide in and trust, and God provides that safe place for us to confess our hidden thoughts and sins. But God also provides trustworthy people who we can talk to, to help us work through our battles and keep us accountable to overcome them.
And we can be dependable and trustworthy friends for others. We can do that by: (1) offering them a space where they can safely be vulnerable and open (see Proverbs 3:29); and (2) refusing to reveal something we're told in confidence (see Proverbs 11:13) - there are a few exceptions, such as if the person is going to harm themselves or others, so we also need to pray for wisdom to know when we can't keep something confidential.
So what now? Ask God for trustworthy friends, and strive to be a trustworthy person yourself, who others know they can depend on.
Soulfood: 1 Ki 8-9 Mark 8:14-26 Ps 47 Pro 12:4-6,