• By Rev. Joseph A. Bias

Values — Trust — The Case for Earnest Expectation


“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Leaning on our own understanding is the same as leaving God out of the equation. In that attitude the only thing that we trust is our perspective, our knowledge, our ability and/or our influence and our own understanding. “The way I see it is the only way that matters,” we say to ourselves. But, this way of thinking is a pathway to disappointment and failure, because apart from God we can do nothing. Even Jesus acknowledged that He could do nothing apart from God, the Father.

“Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” John 5:19

“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:5

Now Jesus did not say this to appear falsely humble or to put people under submission to Him to satisfy some ego trip. He said this to His disciples to free them for the life, “and that more abundantly,” that He came to bring to every believer.

The Scriptures repeatedly warn against dismissing God or His power and authority in the lives of His creations. [Psalm 4:1; Ephesians 2:12; Proverbs 16:25;] God is sovereign, all-powerful, all wise, and all present. In other words, He alone is the ruler over creation. He has all the power, He knows everything and He exists everywhere.

Now if that weren’t enough to justify our trust in Him we have an even greater assurance that He loves us and cares for our good. He sent His only begotten Son to die the penalty of death for our sins and rise again on the third day to give us eternal life. Then He sent the Holy Spirit to abide with us forever as proof that what He has promised He will do.

We can then, earnestly and eagerly expect His promises to us to be fulfilled in our lives.

To the tither He promised He would open the windows of Heaven and pour them out a blessing too great to be received. To the sick He promised that the prayer of faith with the anointing of oil and the laying on of hands would save the sick. To the lost He promised that whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. He has promised us that whatever we ask the Father in His name He would give to us.

“Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” John 5:19

“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:5

Without God nothing is possible, but with God all things are possible.

“And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” Luke 18:27

“And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.” Mark 10:27

“For with God nothing shall be impossible.” Luke 1:37

So, when God speaks to us, when we hear His Word, when we read and put our trust in what He has promised, it’s literally “all over but the shoutin’.” We can earnestly expect Him to do it.

God values His Word; therefore, we can value Him and confidently extend our trust to Him. The greater question for us is how trustworthy are our words?

Can those who look to us earnestly expect that what we say we will do?

With the Holy Spirit working in us, thanks be to God, the answer is Yes!

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