“If anyone gives a neighbor silver or goods for safekeeping and they are stolen from the neighbor’s house, the thief, if caught, must pay back double.” Exodus 22:7
Can you trust your friends with your most prized possessions? What if the items of trust are your dreams or your goals for the future?
I recall the first time I knew God had called me to serve Him in pastoral ministry. I was encouraged to start and plant churches. I was scared by this call of God, but also incredibly excited!
As I expressed my newfound dream and goal with a trusted friend, he quickly told me that I should not tell anyone. Why? Because he wasn’t sure that I had what it took to reach my goals. He didn’t believe that I could do it! Looking back at this conversation, I have wrestled with the feeling that something was stolen from me—Joy! When I expressed my God-given dream, my friend stole from me my joy, and in its place he gave me a high-degree of insecurity.
Has that ever happened to you? Have you trusted someone with something of great value, only to see it disrespected?
Here in Exodus, God’s people are encouraged to guard and protect the items of others. If we fail to do so, the cost of replacement will double!
Believer, if someone trusts you with something of great value—honor it! Keep it safe. Seek to bless the trust of your friend.
Father, may I always respect what others entrust to my care. May I love You by honoring others. Amen
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