There is much to be learned about trusting in the Lord; we are giving new opportunities and new lessons everyday in trusting God. We are told as we grow up to "use our heads" and "think" and "figure it out." Yet, God says just the opposite- trust in Him and HE will show us the way. Do not use my own logic or understanding; that won't work.
Yet, even as adults, we struggle with truly trusting God. It's easy when we have a job, the bills are getting paid, and there's food in the cupboard- when "all is as it should be." But trust God with ALL my heart and NOT my understand- when we lose our job, there are more bills than money, the sick or pain won't go away, our child is completely rebelling, not so much.
My understanding wants the problem fixed now, please. Yet, God is not concerned with creature comfort(s); he is concerned with the state of my heart. Am I more like Christ today than I was yesterday? Am I loving others more than myself and humbling myself esp. when "I'm right" for the sake of the other person?
My daughter commented last night that Jesus came to die for our sins; after an amazing discussion with a friend a couple of years ago, I realize that He didn't come to die. He came to live and to love and to show us how to live and to love; for Him, that included death on a cross. His love was greater than His desire for a quick fix or comfort. Jesus lived to show us what REAL abundant life is- and it wasn't financially stable or community service or coming to church on Sunday.
It was giving His love away; it was obedience that made no sense; it was utterly contradictory to cultural norms. Even church leaders were appalled at His methods.
So, abandoned obedience and absolute trust- makes no sense at all- and that's they way it should be. It's a lifelong journey- welcome aboard!!
The first thing Jesus said to His disciples was "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." This same charge has been given to us. We are to be made into fishers of men so others can be made into fishers of men. This is the purpose behind the Great Commission. We do this by living the Great Commandments. The Great Commandments are:
- Love the Lord your God
with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength
- Love your neighbor as yourself.
Jesus Himself said all the law and prophets rest on these two commandments.
Come visit us and learn first hand what we are about. We look forward to meeting you!