Monday, March 22, 2010

Trust is a Huge Issue.

Let me ask you a very personal and a very difficult question. Do you really trust God?

If you were a close friend of yours, looking at you from the outside, would you see evidence that you truly trust God?

In today’s society, those who profess belief in God, tend to ebb and flow in the boldness of their trust in God. The ebbing and the flowing tend to follow what we see as the “practical” things such as job success or position, relationship health and physical well-being.

Perhaps there are indications that you might see that might give you an indications of your level of trust. How stressed are you? Is there joy in your life? How do you sleep at night? What do you need in order to relax? How do you treat others; those whom you love; how about strangers?

Trust is the basis for relationship with God. One cannot have relationship with one whom he does not trust. That is why trust is such a big deal.

The Amplified Bible expands the text of scripture to provide a more accurate understanding of the words and the thoughts in the text. The Amplified Bible describes the importance of trust:

with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ) and so is justified. Romans 10:10

There is an analogy that best paints a picture of the trust that the bible talks about:

While hosting some friends in our home, I pulled out an unusual chair that I have recently picked up at a garage sale and placed it in the middle of the room. I then asked the group for their opinions on the stability of the old chair. After some talk, I ask them if they thought that the chair would hold them if they were to sit on it. Most replied that they thought that it looked strong enough to serve its intended purpose.

I then asked, if I were to put the chair in a position that placed their physical safety in question (over a deep chasm or on top of a high building) if it were to fail, would there opinions change? Would you then be willing to put their opinions into practice and sit on that chair or would their opinions then change?

See, trust must be based upon the viability of the thing (on the One) trusted.

Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, "I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU," Hebrews 13:5

Once again, let’s read that same scripture as the Amplified edition clarifies the message (please, if you read nothing else in this message, READ this carefully and thoughtfully):

Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]

So could He make it any more certain to you? He is trustworthy!

The only way you are going to know that for certain is to actually “sit” on His promises!

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