The sun is rising on Kansas this morning as I enjoy my first cup of coffee. The dogs are eating their food as fast as they can and I hear the rumblings of my husband getting up. It's morning on the Plains and as I sip my coffee the word trust swirls in the air.
Trust is not an easy word. And in many ways, its an extremely hard thing to do. As little children, we trust that adults will take care of us but for some that's not the case. As adults,we trust that we can take care of ourselves and so it goes. Trust is hard. It takes a strong heart to trust again when you've been betrayed or not taken care of. Trusting in the unknown is even more difficult. How do you possibly trust in something you can't see, hear or smell? That's my question for today and I'm sure for those of you that have hit this blog, it's your question too.
In order for most people to trust there has to be a strategic repetition of actions. Words don't count because most of the time someone has lied to you or been deceitful; so we look for actions to meet thewords and the first sign that they don't, trust wanes and with it comes fear and unrest.
I believe our journey with Jesus is just like that. It takes an extraordinary experience for us to believe in Him and then a supernatural experience to trust in Him. It takes us giving Him our lives, admitting our sins and getting washed by the blood to understand that we are loved for who we are, not what we do or say. Humans, by nature, have become wary of our friends, co-workers, family members and strangers. People are stumbling all because of trust. How can you trust that there is a God? How can you trust that Jesus exists and how can you trust Christians when they let you down?
The questions surrounding Jesus have been the exact same for centuries. Some trusted that what He said was true, others doubted and rejected His existence as the Son of God. Even after you have accepted Him, you look for people to do the right thing and that just isn't always the case. Like you, they let people down and regret it. Jesus never let any of us down. He predicted His death. He knew the hour was going to be difficult. He knew that His own disciples would reject Him and that His mother would watch Him suffer. He knew that as much as I love Him, I would let people down too.
The world is a dark place. It is full of treachery, greed, pain, confusion, evil, fear, frustration, addiction and false teachings. Included with all those words is a lack of trust in our fellow man. People have figured out that you can't always trust someone that looks trustworthy. Well we are human so who do we trust then? We must trust in Jesus.
I have spent the better part of my life trusting people that weren't trustworthy. I have this inane sense to see inside your heart and always I see a ray of light there. Even in the darkest soul, there is a light of good and if they seek it, they will find it. My problem is that I don't test my insight. Over the last couple of years, I've learned to ask for discernment, which has given me insight into the light and the nature of the person.
So in the world we must use Godly discernment but with God we should trust without reserve. That's what the disciples did after they saw Jesus resurrected from death. They trusted that what He said was true. They took that with them to their deaths and it's documented for all of us. Moses, Abraham, David, Job, Isaac and Isaiah all trusted that God would deliver man from their sins so they walked the earth with trust in their hearts for a God they could not see. Today, we walk more in the seen than the unseen. If we can't touch it or feel it we can't trust it. We are wrong. We need to be like Paul who heard from Christ and began preaching the word without asking anyone. He just did. One minute he was blind and the next he was preaching the Word of God.
Often, I struggle with trust because of my experiences. Over time, though, I am learning to believe and trust in the God I can't see. To believe He was born of a virgin and that he was beaten and killed for my sins. As I have grown closer to the Spirit, I have walked out of my comfort zone and trusted Him who knows all. I am not the smartest person on the earth and I'm definitely not the wisest but I am the child of the God who promised to keep me always and that's exactly who I want to trust in. I am His and He is mine. My experiences have taught caution in the world, which I think is fine as long as I put my heart and mind in Christ's hands. He is the reason I breathe and therefore, I owe Him all my trust.
Before I go, I want to say one more thing. Trusting Him doesn't mean I will have all the money I want, all the friends I need, all the comfort I desire or all the success and awards I desire. Trusting in Jesus means that I have a relationship I can depend on, period! If you're looking for a relationship that never fails, ask Jesus into your heart today. He is trustworthy.
Lord Jesus I pray that those that hit this blog will begin to ask you for supernatural eyes and supernatural trust. I pray they will die to themselves and as they do, You will reveal yourself as you have throughout the centuries. You are trustworthy and I believe that You will never leave us or forsake us. May we be trustworthy with the gifts that you have given us and the message that must be spread throughout the nations. Spread Your word and Your love to those that trust the least! In Jesus Name we pray!!!!
Psalm 9:10 NIV
10 Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.