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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

God Desires Our Trust

Is that so hard to believe? God wants us to trust Him because that is the only way we will know Him like we should. It is the only way to have true fellowship with Him. It is the only way we will truly be obedient.

In the beginning God told Adam and Eve not to eat of one tree in the whole garden He had created for them He wanted them to trust Him in this very small thing. Everything else was theirs. But Satan came along and questioned whether God had their best interests at heart when He told them not to eat of this tree. They didn't trust that God had their best interest at heart and ate. Of course, we know and experience the consequences.

God came to Abram and promised that he would have descendants like the stars in the sky. He allowed Abram and his wife, Sarai, to get so old that it was impossible by human means to have children. Of course, God could be trusted and Isaac was born. Then God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. Abraham trusted God and headed out to do so. God stopped Him. Abraham learned He could trust God.

God has his people preserved in Egypt by sending Joseph through some very tough times. Eventually a Pharoah comes along which did not know Joseph and puts God's people under slavery. They cry out to God and He sends Moses. Moses administers ten plagues on Egypt to give the Egyptians the grace of knowing who God is. He also shows His people that they can trust Him.

Exodus 14:31 (NIV)
31 And when the Israelites saw the great power the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.

 He takes them to the Red Sea and parts it so they will learn to trust Him. He gives them water and food in the desert so they will learn to trust Him. But when they spy out the land, they fail to trust Him and He takes them into the wilderness for forty years while He continues to feed them.

Deuteronomy 8:2 (NIV)
2 Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands.

I guess I could cite numerous scriptures which reveal God's desire for us to trust Him. And I'll bet that you say that you trust Him right now.

Let me ask you: Do you trust God to really take care of you? Then, are you obedient to what He tells you to do?

Then, tell me why most Christians who say that they trust the Lord don't tithe? How can they say they don't trust Him to provide for them when they are obedient but run to the Lord when they need provision for a job or healing  or direction or meeting a bill? Isn't that inconsistent?

God doesn't need our money. He desires for us to trust Him. If we can't trust Him in giving our money to Him, we aren't really trusting HIm in anything that really matters because our fruit reveals our hearts, doesn't it?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Well said; a good piece indeed. Oh, how it convicts!

Pastor, continue to write. God bless.

Anthony Chia, high.expressions