Trust is a fickle thing. We put a lot of trust in things: friends, family, co-workers, employment, equipment, etc. But does the trust go both ways? Do your friends, family, and co-workers trust you?
This brings me to the question that arose when I was thinking about this post: How can we entrust a bungee cord, parachute, or even a zip line so easily, but when it comes to God we have issues trusting Him to take care of us? Is it because we can physically see the parachute, bungee cord, or zip line? Or is it the reassurance of the satisfaction rating on Google for said sky diving, bungee jumping, or zip line company: if it has a 4 star, or better, rating than they must understand how important it is to make sure no one plummets to their death, right?!
I'm not sure how to answer these questions, nor will anyone ever be able to answer these questions, but trust is a 2 way street: trust in said person or thing and said person or thing trusting in you. Some times it's earned and other times it immediate.
Have you ever heard someone say: "Trust has to be earned in order for me to give trust." God doesn't see it this way. His trust in us doesn't have to be earned. It already exists.
All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.
He trusts us because He is our creator. He knows our abilities and strength. He will provide all the right tools, for us to carry out His plan for our lives, so we can glorify Him and further His kingdom. All he's asking of us is to have faith in Him aka trust him with our lives. And why shouldn't we? After all He did create us before we were even in our mother's womb - Isaiah 49:1
My good buddy and Ohio chapter leader / FPAM board member Josh Welker shared this drawing with me this week: (Josh also drew this!)
He told me that that he and his wife were presented with this image in a marriage class they attended and the purpose behind it is that God is at the top and you and your spouse are in the lower corners. The point is, in our marriage we must always turn to God first for guidance: trust in him always. Then, as we go towards each other we have the power, understanding, grace, and love of God as we work together in our marriage.
Josh drew up his own version of this diagram and uses it to apply it to everything in life. God is at the top. We are positioned at one of the lower points and the "?" mark is positioned on the other lower corner. The "?" mark is what or who you desire.
In life we tend to wonder (the reason for the curvy arrow) meaning we're not trusting in the Lord to guide and strengthen us. We wander around looking for the answers on our own aka not trusting in the Lord, but if we were to go directly to the Lord in full trust He will guide us in how or what to do about the "?" mark at the other point. Maybe he bring us together immediately, maybe he tells us to wait, or maybe he even tells us to stay away.
No matter what God tell us, we need to put our full trust in him. No if, ands, or buts. Rip the parachute cord, throw the bungee cord over and jump off that bridge, zip through that jungle hundreds of feet above the canopy!
Go to Him, our creator, in full trust with all things and he will guide and strengthen us!
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.
By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise. And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.
Thanks, God Bless, and Happy Thanksgiving!
This post is reaching you on a day that we give thanks and spend time with family and friends. Take time to glorify Him and further His kingdom. Praise Him for all the things we are thankful for!