Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. (Pro 3:5)
As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him. (Psa 18:30)
As a young man in high school I remember asking; “How many tests do we have to take/pass before we get out of this class?” And, quite frankly, sometimes it seems as though we have barely finished one and another starts. Today we continue our series on the tests that EVERY Christian must face/pass. This “test” may well be one of the hardest that we will face. But the Apostle Peter reminds us not to get bent out of shape or feel as though we are the only ones facing the test/trial.
Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. (1Pe 4:12-13)
Some time ago, I began to really look at the difference between believing/having faith and trust. For the sake of this study we will define them as follows:
Belief/faith: (Noun-something we have) The ability to put confidence in someone/something because of supporting evidence and or past performance where a desired outcome is/was achieved. He can/is able……..
Trust: (Verb-something we do) The ability to follow/act regardless of the current evidence or lack thereof. It is often the result of completed belief/faith. He WILL……
The trust test is often given as a “time” test. When God fails to do things in OUR time….our lack of trust is often revealed. Think about some of those in the Word of God who were “time” tested and yet they trusted God.
Abraham: Called of God to leave his family, at 75 he was told that he would be the Father of many nations…..at 86 Ishmael was born and at 100 Isaac was born.
Joseph: Given dreams of God as a boy that indicated that he would be a great ruler and a savior to his family. He was 17 when he was sold into slavery, and was 30 when he was made an overseer in Egypt. Yet his family didn’t realize who he was until he was approx. 41.
Moses: Is 40 when he fled Egypt, wanders in the desert for 40 years, comes back to lead God’s people out of bondage at 80, and leads them through the wilderness for forty years dying at the age of 120. Someone once said “Moses spent the first 40 years learning he was something, the next forty years that he was nothing, and that last forty years that God was everything.”
Job: Incredibly wealthy, loses all his possessions and his family in one day. Talk about trust issues……Job 1:21-22, 19:25-27, 42:10-13
King David: Anointed King at 13-15, killed Goliath somewhere between the age of 18-20; was not crowned King until he was 30.
Mary & Martha: Their beloved brother was sick when they sent word to Jesus. Surely, since Lazarus was one of Jesus’ best friends, he would come at once and heal him. Jesus not only does not drop everything he is doing immediately go to Bethany…..he actually waits a couple of days where he is at before he leaves. Jesus finally tells the disciples that John is dead but that he is glad he wasn’t there before “so that they could believe.” Huh?
Can you trust God when (your) time has run out? Can you trust him when it seems there is no light at the end of the tunnel? Do you trust him even when it doesn’t make sense?