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An Issue of Trust
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Trust isn’t what it used to be. Employers require background checks, stores and street corners are peppered with security cameras, passwords and secret codes protect many aspects of professional and personal life.

Even sending a romantic e-card to a partner may no longer be as sweet or innocent a gesture--technology has afforded leery lovers a new way to prove their mate’s virtual faithfulness. 

An online company offers suspicious significant others and jealous spouses a secret way to observe their lover’s on-line habits. In the form of an unassuming e-card, the recipient unknowingly downloads onto their computer a program that tracks every movement they make--including all keystrokes, emails, passwords, visited sites and screen shots. The software then forwards all collected information to the spying company, which in turn sends it to the mistrustful mate.

While this tactic is an illegal form of information gathering, for a mere $89, a person can bug up to five computers and have the resulting information sent their way--all the while, their lover having no idea they are being watched.

Attributes of a Good Wife

Proverbs 31 outlines the attributes of a good wife. While some of the specifics may seem dated, the overall theme hasn’t changed throughout the ages. Above, and perhaps because of all her other noble characteristics, this spectacular example of a woman is trusted. “Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life” (Proverbs 31:11,12).

Aren’t we lucky that our God--a God who numbers the hairs on our heads (Matt. 10:30) and is familiar with everything we do (Psalm 139:3)--loves us in a way that honors our best interests? Although powerful enough to decipher our very thoughts, our God doesn’t have to resort to crude tactics to scrutinize our every action. Instead, He lovingly watches our steps and leads us in paths that will bless and prosper us even if we aren’t faithful to Him. Although God knows more about us than we know about ourselves, we needn’t fear our Maker. Far from a suspicious and spying lover, God is a trustworthy Friend who has only our best interests in mind.

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