You’ll have to forgive me. As in all my posts, I write down the thoughts as I get them. End of story. But this particular post seems to feel like it’s starting in the middle, somehow. But I’m going with it, okay? Okay. : )
Do you trust Him on that dark road, where you can’t even see your hand in front of your face? Do you trust Him when you’re never really quite sure if this is the last day you get? Do you trust Him when your heart is broken–AGAIN? You may believe IN God, but do you BELEIVE Him? They are two very different things!
Trusting IN Him is something we do at the beginning. And really, it’s more of a declaration than anything else…saying our trust or loyalty has shifted from someone or something else, to God. But when pain begins to darken our doorstep, we are faced with a decision. To trust Him, or not. It’s one thing to say we trust IN Him, but it’s a whole other ball of wax to declare we TRUST Him!
This makes me think of Moses and the infamous Israelites. They faced one overwhelming obstacle after another…each time with God intervening on their behalf. When they fled Egypt, most of the people believed IN God. But somewhere along the road, if became less of a “crisis of circumstance” and more of a “crisis of belief.”
Have you been there? Where you are facing trauma and tragedy , yet again, and you’re kind of wondering….why?
I’m going to say that it’s possible that God is using these trying times, over and over again, to bring you from a place of passive “belieft IN” to plain old BELIEF. God is asking us, “Do you still only believe IN me? Or do you finally BELIEVE Me?”
I’m ashamed to admit I am much like those Israelites, who found themselves in a “crisis of faith” just a few days after being saved from their enemies by the miraculous parting of the Red Sea, complaining of great thirst. Because it wasn’t long ago, I was spared from death, a SECOND time! Weeks later, I found myself being forced to answer the question for the millionth time: “Are you ready to trust me all over again? It’s clear you believe IN Me, but do you still BELIEVE Me?”
And I’m pretty sure that’s what this life is all about. Building on how much we trust God, one crisis at a time.
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may about in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.