This has been an eventful year in world politics and at our door-step. The calamities of the national airlines, drought and water problem, dengue fever, wars, terrorism, changing values in schools and society, religious and racial tension in parts of the world, economic concerns of deep national debt, and social interaction issues due to cyber world influence, affecting relationships. Increasing number of people fall into anxiety and depression.
All these may paint a gloomy picture but for many, life goes on. We are not able to solve the world’s problems, and most are at a loss. To the discerning believers in Jesus, although small in individual strength, we do have positive influence on those under our care; our children, loved ones and friends. This is a vital first point to view our world. We do have influence. Our approach to problems makes a difference for others around us. Be that influence.
Our faith in Jesus must count. But the word ‘faith’ can be illusive. Many feel they have little faith. They are not like ‘so and so’. The funny thing is that ‘so and so’ also feels the same way. I recently refocused faith by checking on my trust in the Lord. Trust is more relational to me. It is about being personal in my relating with Jesus and our Father. Trust is very real in our dealings with people daily. I can grasp “trust” better if trying to stir up my faith is too much work. I think I know trust. I know it even clearer if there is a betrayal of trust. Does God betray our trust in Him? I might have felt let down by humans, but with God, will I be put to shame if I trust Him? The answer has to be “NO”.
Trust is synonymous with believe. The starting point of trust and believe is not us. It is in the object of your trust and belief. The object of your trust is either in a friend, a business partner, Jesus or God. Their integrity is the basis of your trust. It’s not what you work on in yourself trying your best to trust them. Instead of working on technicalities of trust, faith or belief, get to know the one you want to trust; deeply know Jesus and your heavenly Father.
Believe or trust should be easy. Little children do it simply and they are loved for it. It should be the same with adults in our relationship with God. In little kids, believing is natural to them (until they are taught otherwise). Jesus said to believe God like children. If God is to me like my dad, then to trust Him to provide, to take care of my health, and protect me from danger, is natural. No second thoughts about them. So why are we still anxious? God is our Father no matter what the world is. He has ways to provide, protect and heal us.
I recently learn to measure my trust (or belief) in the Lord by my state of rest in my heart. If I believe, I rest. I do not need to crank up faith, or do things to cover this or that, strive or grasp at anything. “Let not your heart be troubled” (Jn14:1). This is a soul condition. Knowing that Jesus loved you enough to die for you gives a quiet confident trust. Supernatural blessings flow better in it.