Have you ever thought about the fact that Jesus never stopped trusting God even though God was willing to send Him to His death?
For a year now I have quoted Proverbs 3:5-6 everyday. Sometimes I say it 1-2x a day, but there were some days I was saying it at least 1,000x a day as I was trying to TRAIN myself to trust Him. The verse (put in my terms) says, "I trust in You with all my heart, I will lean not on my own understanding, in all my ways I will acknowledge You, and I know that You will make my path straight"
Jesus understood something that I/We struggle with, circumstances will never compromise or change God's feelings for me. See Jesus knew that if God was willing to send Him to the cross there was a purpose. Jesus knew God loved Him so much that even in the garden He could display His humanity and cry out, "Father if you are willing, take this cup from me". Jesus knew His Father's character, and trusted Him.
It's easy to say oh, but that's Jesus, so let's take Abraham. Abraham knew that God said to sacrifice Isaac, his beloved son. In that moment how many of you would say, GOD ARE YOU CRAZY? WHY ARE YOU FORSAKING ME? We would lose all trust, we would doubt all that we had ever known about God based off of the current circumstance, and yet Abraham forged ahead trusting and having faith in God. He knew that God's love for him was unchanging and that even though He didn't understand the circumstances, God was trustworthy.
This morning as I was talking to God and repenting for areas that I have not trusted Him, He said something that pierced my heart.
"You will never trust someone whose character you doubt"
Isn't that true? I would not put my life in the hands of someone I didn't know cared for me. I would not entrust my secrets to a gossip. Jesus, Abraham, and many fathers of the faith trusted God even when the circumstances truly challenged the character of God. Why do I allow my puny circumstances to so easily challenge my view of His love?
One morning in Ville Platte I walked into the sanctuary to the song "You Are For Me" by Kari Jobe playing loudly. I fell to my knees weeping because in that moment I realized two things, I personally struggled to believe that God is ALWAYS ON MY SIDE, and second the body of Christ would live in so much more freedom, trust, and love if we could be so confident in this FACT. God is always for us. He will ALWAYS love us. It doesn't matter what mistakes I make, they don't change His love for me. Sometimes things may be hard often because of a fallen world or the enemy, but even if God has sent a test our way, we must learn to be like Abraham and trust Him knowing His character has not changed. He has already provided the sacrifice for us. He will see us through. He is faithful. He is trustworthy.
We must learn to have faith in the character of God. We must believe that He is for us. There is freedom in trusting Him, your path will be made straight when we trust Him over our own understanding.
Be blessed, J. Tate