From April 2015

Who do we put our trust in?

Who do we put our trust in?

I was talking with a friend of mine recently who did not believe that God could be trusted.  I was reminded about how much of a choice faith really is, and for those who take God for granted, perhaps we lose sight of what we are actually putting our faith in.  Many choose to believe in many different things.  Whether it is in science, media, education or our religious understanding, the foundation of faith is in what you are putting your faith in.  And this makes me ask the question, can you trust what you are trusting?

We can have great belief in God and His Word, yet still not trust Him and His word, and we have to know what it is that we are trusting.  This of course means that we must trust in who God is.  In light of this, I am reminded that knowing God’s personality and character is the most important factor in trusting God. Here are a few simple reminders of God’s character that we should keep in mind as we learn to trust Him.

First of all He wants to bless – God’s original intention for mankind is found in Genesis 1:27-28 27, “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.  Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

He created, then He blessed. The power of Blessing is in what God spoke when He blessed because He can only speak from His character.  This desire to bless is part of His character (Who God is) and we see that His blessings will always end in increase (fruitful and multiply) and dominion (establishing a greater boundary).  Since His desire for us is blessing, His will is for increase and dominion.  (Always for His glory and His kingdom, not our own little world).

Secondly He never lies (God is the truth).  In John 14:6 (speaking to Thomas)  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” In Deuteronomy 32 in the song of Moses, he sings: “For I proclaim the name of the LORD:  Ascribe greatness to our God.  He is the Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are justice, a God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He.”

Truth always leads to God and to His will, therefore we can trust that anything He says to us, or about us, is sure.  When God gave a promise to different people across the history of the Bible, they believed Him, because He is truth.  Today, we trust the work of the Holy Spirit.  John 16:13 says, “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”

This insight brings us to the last understanding of God’s character which is that He Gives us His Word.   This is both the written Word of God in the Bible and also the spoken Word of God by the Holy Spirit.  This is where when we hear the Bible, it can produce faith by the work of the Holy Spirit.  Romans 10:17 says, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God.”  It is in the character of God to prophetically direct us according to His will through His Spirit and His Word.

This is important because His will does not change on the drop of a hat, or on circumstances, or our understanding.  Sarah, Abraham’s wife for example, “counted Him faithful” in Hebrews 11:11-12.   She went for Twenty years no results and a failed personal attempt to make the will of God happen.  God chooses to tell us about Himself through His Word and His Spirit always to confirm Truth and His heart to Bless.

When we recognize that God’s plan, will and desire is always true, always to bless and is always being revealed by His Word both written and spoken, we see that God’s eternal perspective is always looking for our best and we can always trust His promises.  God desires to bless mankind so much that He sent His Son to the world (John 3:16), the world that didn’t know Him, and even to the ones that don’t believe in Him.  His character is true and He longs for all to know who He is.

Pastor Chris Bassett is the Pastor at Hidden Valley Worship Center.  www.hvwc.com

 

Now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face

PASTOR’S CORNER 

Now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face.  These words from St Paul the Apostle in 1 Corinthians 13 do not necessarily reflect what he says about the love a couple should have for one another in the bonds of marriage, but they do reflect the situation many of us find ourselves in relative to marriage and family and our relationship with one another in society as a whole.  A modern trans-lation could go like this:  “What we see now is like a dim image in a mirror; then we shall see face-to-face.  What I know now is only partial; then it will be complete – as complete as God’s knowledge of me.”  A friend of mine one time rhetorically asked, What’s the sense of having hind sight if you don’t use it?  I’d guess that’s what St Paul’s driving at in the great Love Chapter of the Bible.  We don’t always see what’s ahead for us when we fall in love.  We can’t really assess with accuracy the movements of government in their policies toward others.  Only God is perfect.  Only God has perfect love for us in the person and work of His only-begotten Son Jesus Christ our Lord.  Only God knows perfectly well what’s in store for us as this world moves along to towards its end.  That God does love us with an everlasting love we shall discover and know fully well when heaven becomes our home.

Noel Koss, Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church