Some trust money, muscles, pastors, parents, some trust the Bible, some trust their own intellect, and there are some who trust Jesus Christ. I’m sure you can add many things and people to this list, but the question really is what is trustworthy in the end?
My friend Brian Coatney said something the other day that really stuck with me. He had a mentor years ago that was asked “Do you believe in the eternal security of the believer?” His response was wonderful, he said, “Oh no, I believe in God.” What a great thing to say don’t you think?
It’s easy sometimes to get settled in our worldview whether it has God in it or not. If someone or something doesn’t come along and rattle our cage from time to time it’s possible to become complacent in our viewpoints or understanding of things. I have come to the same conclusion; the shaking is the enemy’s way of pushing us into doubt or fear, but the same shaking is meant from God to drive us further into faith in him and him only.
A faith that isn’t tested is said to not be faith at all, and I tend to agree. When something comes to you that challenges or tests your faith I say let it. If we aren’t careful our faith may really be in our understanding of Jesus rather than Jesus himself. While I am one that believes thinking critically is important to a real faith in God there are those things that we have to simply trust without a full understanding. As much as we sometimes don’t like to admit it God is God and we’re not. After all we aren’t saved by our understanding but by his grace through faith.
Throughout Jesus’ earthly ministry we read where he had thousands of people following him. He never drove anyone away and yet we don’t really see him chasing after any of them either. It was as though he presented himself to them, invited them in, and left it up to them. They could stay or go. Jesus was sort of a take him or leave him kind of guy in that sense. While he wanted everyone to come to him to have life he never forced or manipulated anyone to get them he simply told the truth and left it up to them what they would do with it.
At one point in Jesus’ ministry he had several thousand people following him and he turned to them and said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in yourselves…” Whoa! These statements jolted most of the followers and were meant to of course. Many said, “This is a difficult statement; who can listen to it?” Many turned away and stopped following him that day, but of course Jesus already knew who didn’t believe. Jesus said, “For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to me unless it has been granted him from the Father.” So, in other words, the very act of coming to Jesus takes God’s enabling.
I guess what I’m saying is summed up in this. We have to trust in Jesus Christ not our understanding of him. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” As we trust in the Lord, rather than our understanding, he will make our way straight. That’s good news isn’t it? Even if we can’t understand it, or get things straight, we trust he will straighten it out.
Written by Louie