Faith For What?– Part 2
“So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done.” Matthew 21:21
Who do you Trust?
Trust = firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something; confidence, belief, certainty, assurance, conviction, credence, reliance, acceptance of the truth of a statement without evidence or investigation, rely on, depend on, bank on, count on, be sure of; confidence, reliability, truth, ability, strength
The fundamental question that every born again believer in Jesus Christ must ultimately confront is, “Do I trust God, Do I trust His Word, His Will and His Love for me?” Because no matter how much we try to avoid it or insulate our selves from the challenge our faith in God and His Word will be tested. We are going to face crossroads where we will either be confronted with the choice for obedience or disobedience, for trust or doubt, for faith or feelings, for life or death.
I don’t mean in physical terms so much as in the temptations to doubt God, doubt His Word. We’ll be tempted to question His authority or the relevance of His commands. We will be tempted to give into our baser human natures and justify our selves with ourselves by rationalizing our actions that oppose God’s Word as irrelevant for us or insignificant in our time or, what too often happens, dismiss a call to righteousness as just one man’s interpretation of God’s Word.
Adam and Eve did not trust God’s Word but chose to trust the word of the serpent. We are facing the same tempter every time we choose to deny God’s will to give in to the will of the world, the flesh and the devil.
Who do you trust?
Has God said, “you shall be blessed as you give liberally and hilariously, because men will also then give into your bosom, good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over?” Do you believe that Word? Or do you trust the thief who says, “...get all you can for yourself, extort it, steal it, hoard it, stock it away, pile it up as high as you can and don’t give because what you give you lose. Besides that, they are just out to get your money.”
Has God said, “forgive and you will be forgiven? Do you believe Him? Or do you trust the liar who says, “never forgive, they don’t deserve it. They owe you and they’ll never have enough to pay you for what they’ve done to you. So hold on to you grudges as long as possible. You have a right to make them hurt as much as they hurt you, and spread their offense around to as many people as possible.
When you’re up against it and you’ve got to make a choice to stand for what is right before God or cave into popular opinion in order to be accepted by the people around you, who will you trust? Whose way will you choose?
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
We have a promise from God that will not fail us. If we stand with Him, no matter what anyone else does, He will stand with us.
“Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?” Romans 6:16
The choice is ours and the destiny is ours to determine. Life of death is before us always. Who we choose to trust determines what we receive as a result of our choices.
“Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” Isaiah 53:1
We either, believe God, or we don’t. There is no middle ground. Adam and Eve set all humankind on a course of choosing to doubt or completely reject God’s Word and the result has been just what God said it would be.
“Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Psalm 37:3
We don’t know everything and we cannot sustain our lives apart from God. Many try but fail miserably in their attempts because no one is God but God. The puny egotistical self-righteous posturing of the atheist or the doubter does not impress God or make Him nervous. The railings of the fool does not shake God’s kingdom or challenge His love. But those who trust in the Lord and do what is right before Him will have a place to dwell and plenty of food from above to sustain and multiply their faith. We till the soil, sow the seeds, and God sends the sun and the rain on our land to cause the seed to grow and yield its fruit in abundant measure, always more than enough.
The Righteous are never forsaken.
“I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread. Psalm 37:25
“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.” Psalm 20:7
“Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many, and in horsemen because they are very strong, but who do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek the Lord!” Isaiah 31:1
It is futile to put trust in man and manmade things or the strength of horses and chariots in battle to win the day. Unless the Lord is with us, every effort of human agency apart for God is doomed from its start, no matter how “noble” or “righteous” it may appear in our eyes. If we refuse to believe God we act alone and the devil will win that battle over us every time.
“Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.” Psalm 37:5
But, when our trust is in the Lord and our strategy for battle comes from Him, then our victory is won even before we fight.
Consider Jehoshaphat [2 Chronicles 20] and the people of Judah who went up against the Ammonites and Moabites and those in league with them. At God’s leading they did not go out against them with their armies of warriors set for battle. Instead they put the singers and players of worship instruments in front of the armies to
“…sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, saying, “Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever.” 2 Chronicles 20:21
God’s plan is always the winning one, no matter how unconventional or unorthodox it may seem to man. When we agree with, trust in and act on His plan, carried out His way we will always have good success.
“Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever.” Psalm 125:1
“Trust in the Lord forever, for in Yah, the Lord, is everlasting strength.” Isaiah 26:4
Who do you trust? The wisdom of men, the strength of a horse, the word of the doubter and naysayer, or do you trust in the Lord with all your heart?
The choice is yours. The summons to us from Jesus is that we will choose wisely and trust in the One Who said,
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
“Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32