Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Trusting?

I've preached a message a couple of times on what I think is the most important aspect of Christianity: Faith. Jesus commends faith, healings come from faith, lack of worry is due to faith, without faith "it is impossible to please God." Faith/Trust are foundational to Christianity...we are told that it is "belief" that brings someone into the kingdom of God, and it is faith that allows one to live a life worth living.

The key is found in Proverbs 3:5-6; "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight."

The outline is simple to understand, but terribly difficult to live out;
1) Trust in the Lord: you must know God well enough, for it is only in knowing Him, the true character and nature of God that you can overcome your fears.
2) with all your heart: faith requires a full commitment...you can't "partially trust" or trust from your head alone...it requires a full commitment.
3) lean not on your own understanding: this is perhaps the hardest part...we have to let go of our understanding of things, and trust God's understanding, knowing that His ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts.
4) in all your ways acknowledge Him: that word used for "acknowledge" could be more accurately translated to "know Him" or "be known." In ALL of your ways, we must know and be known of God, and be surrenedered to Him.
5) and He will make your paths straight: notice that it doesn't say make your paths easy...but it does say straight. This is the promise, but it is conditioned on the previous verses...that we are fully trusting Him.

I'm reading through the NT in the Message translation right now, and recently came across this verse in Mark.

"Jesus said to her, 'Daughter, you took a risk of faith, and now you're healed and whole. Live well, live blessed! Be healed of your plague.' " Mark 5:34

Trusting is risky business; living a life of faith is not easy and can often feel like a departure from rational or logical thinking. That's the whole point though...do you, do I trust God enough to place my whole life in His hands? (If you're interested in audio of the message, click here).

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