The cosmos environing us actually is, beyond all else, a self-sufficing community of unspeakably magnificent personal beings of boundless love, knowledge, and power.Dallas Willard
This remarkable sentence refers, of course, to the Trinity.
I’m struck by the qualifiers Willard uses to talk about God’s character here: boundless love, knowledge, and power. To live a life of faith, trusting God to bring about flourishing for us and the world, it seems to me that we must trust that all three of these are true of God.
- If we don’t trust God’s power / ability, we won’t trust God can accomplish what’s best for us.
- If we don’t trust God’s knowledge / wisdom, we won’t trust God knows what’s best for us.
- If we don’t trust God’s love / goodness, we won’t trust God wants what’s best for us.
I’ve found this to be a helpful rubric for understanding some of my doubts and struggles with faith over the years. I hope it’s helpful for you, too. I wonder what you find easiest and most difficult to trust about God?
In faith we rest ourselves upon the reality of the Trinity in action – and it graciously meets us. For it is there. And our lives are then enmeshed in the true world of God.Dallas Willard