In a Christmas address to the people of the British Empire in 1939, King George VI spoke of his faith in God’s leading. The king concluded his remarks with the lines written by Minnie Louise Haskins some 30 years earlier: “And I said to the man at the gate of the year: ‘Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.’ And he replied: ‘Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way!”
The Christian journey is said to be a journey of trusting and obeying God. The old hymn writer wrote that the only way to be happy in Jesus is to trust and obey. But what exactly does trusting mean?
1. Trusting is an attitude that comes from knowing God’s offer is the best we can find.
For every decision we have to make, there are two offers: God’s and others’. Usually we placed in between these two and we find God’s offer not too attractive as the others’ perhaps because, most of the times, God’s offer takes time and works based on His plan. We are offered quick answers by the world around us yet God’s best offer may not be quick but it is certain. Trusting God demands that we know that His offer is the best because His plans for us are good and eternal. God’s love upon which He makes His offer to us, is unfathomable but fundamentally reliable!
2. Trusting is a state of depending on God’s capacity to give what is best.
Sometimes, we make some decisions and set goals believing we can expect help from our parents, uncles and friends. We think they have the obligation to aid us and maybe, we are right. But truth be told, they are not limitless. Trusting is about depending on God’s limitless capacity to perform what he has said about us and His purpose for our lives. Trusting God involves having confidence in accomplishing power of God’s zeal.
3. Trusting is a requirement for obeying God’s Word when he makes no sense.
We cannot obey God if we don’t trust Him, even if the command is “wait.” I read with amazement again the story of how Abraham took his son up the mountain in obedience to God’s word to sacrifice the young lad. I saw that till the point when he had to lift up the knife to kill the boy, Abraham seemed to think God would still do something which will be the best. He trusted that God will provide for himself a lamb for the sacrifice. Trusting is about obeying God’s Word even when we are completely clueless as to what exactly He intends to do with our lives.
As we walk with God, following where His steps lead, we will get to the point where all that will matter is if we have answers to the questions: Can I trust God? Do I trust God? Will I trust God? I hope for our sakes and the impact we’ve been called to make, we find the courage to say YES! That’s how we’ll be strong!
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