“Can’t we just sing again next week?” That’s what my husband said when he heard our topic for this week. I secretly wanted to agree with him more than you could know.
Of course, I was wrong or it wouldn’t have shown up here. I’d tell you not to share that tidbit with my hubby, but he’s also taking the challenge.
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It Takes Two
When I began studying people who trusted God in the Bible it made me question where my trust really was in my Inner Journey to Jesus. I reverted to the "Question Everything" challenge and debated this issue back and forth in my mind.
Did I really trust the Lord or was my trust based on whether or not my prayers were answered according to my will? There is no doubt that I’ve had tons of prayers answered over the years, but I’ve also been upset with God when some of them didn’t go my way. Can I get a witness?
The question I asked myself was “Do I really put my trust in God or am I putting my trust in God doing what I wanted?” To settle this “trust vs. no trust” problem I tried listing times when I really did know it was trust in God that carried me through something. I’m ashamed to share that I couldn’t really rattle off a long list of times when I knew I totally trusted God for the outcome no matter what it was.
Doesn’t believing God mean that you always trust Him? If you were to look at my track record you wouldn’t think I did. So many times I have believed and trusted God to answer my prayers for someone else, but not for myself. Why is it that our faith seems stronger when it comes to other people’s problems?
I found that on some occasions my trust would take me so far until I saw a situation or was in the middle of it, and then fear replaced trust. As soon as that happens, God has nothing to work with in carrying out our requests. Without faith it’s impossible to please Him, and without faith there is no trust.
Limited Trust in Relationships
They Trusted Unconditionally
Most of the time we base trust on the activities of the other person on our behalf; I trust you because … and so forth. They gave us a reason to believe their word and trust naturally followed.
Would these same people still trust even if things weren’t going their way? We know of the account where Abraham took his son Isaac to be sacrificed.
How do we know Abraham trusted God unconditionally?
How do we know Abraham trusted God unconditionally?
Following the passage in Genesis, Abraham lets us know by his very words and actions that he puts his trust in God even if it meant killing His son.
Can you imagine how this was all playing out in Abraham’s mind? “OK GOD, You said that I’m going to be the Father of Nations through Isaac. Somehow, someway You’ll make it happen, even if I sacrifice my son. Two came up the mountain and two will be returning.”
“Stay here with the donkey,” Abraham told the servants. Now this is where you know he trusted God. “The boy and I will travel a little farther. We will worship there, and then we will come right back.” (from Genesis 22 NLT)Abraham obviously believed in miracles, since Isaac was one, so this wouldn’t be a problem for God in his eyes.
“… For He is the Living God, and He will endure forever. His Kingdom will never be destroyed and His rule will never end. He rescues and saves His people; He performs miraculous signs and wonders in the heavens and on earth …” (from Daniel 6 NLT)
Even that didn’t convince me because things still went his way.
I kept looking and came upon the event that practically everyone knows – the men in the fire. This was what I was looking for … I knew from what the subjects said to the King. You’ve got to read this for yourself:
“Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego that you refuse to serve my gods or to worship the gold statue I have set up?”
All these men had to do was change their confession and the King would let them live. This is what I was looking for as evidence of absolute trust in God without getting anything in return.
They continue to trust God in the midst of their worst trial, and remained steadfast causing Jesus Himself to show up on the scene. Their faith and trust in the Lord wasn’t ever in question. As a result God saved them, the King promoted all three men and anyone who spoke against their God would be destroyed. That’s what some like to say is the “double favor” blessing.
Did I Do That? Could I?
From the passages that I was reading anyone could tell that they certainly trusted God no matter what happened - good or bad. When did I ever trust God like that? I had a hard time remembering if I ever did.
“Lean not unto your own understanding.” I don’t even have to finish the sentence and it quickens my actions and reactions from sliding into unbelief. (Learn this verse in song.) JumpStart3 | Proverbs 3:5-6
This is the kicker …
In prayer I heard this in my spirit … “Give me a reason to trust you so I can build this trust thing with you.” To me, that sounded like a Father - child relationship. My Heavenly Father was looking for ways He could trust me to carry out something He needed accomplished here on Earth.
There are times God knows we trust Him, but can He trust us? Our actions prove that we aren’t always trustworthy when we don’t believe the promises of God He speaks of in His Word.
First: Write down a list of times you specifically knew that you trusted God no matter how things went. Think about when you were at peace over decisions and that will help you to select the true trust incidents.
This may take you all week to do as you contemplate each situation, weighing the evidence as to whether or not it was trust or mere “hoping” things would work out your way.
Second: List the ways God can trust you. What examples can you name that give evidence of your faithfulness so that He can entrust something big to you? Look at the things you have held back on as a percentage. If the “It takes two” factor is at 50%, than you need to make the adjustments, not God.
The question is why should God give us His all when we’re only willing to give Him a portion of our trust? Let’s be willing to make some major changes in learning to trust God with all our hearts, even when we don’t understand or the answer to our prayers is no.
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Until next time, favor comes through trusting God.
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by Jason Crabb
Scripture reference was taken from the New King James Bible Version provide by Gateway Bible