Several weeks ago I read this amazing statement “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God“. (Corrie Ten Boom).
That quote looks awesome on a FB or Pinterest post but what about real life? What does it really mean to trust when you don’t know what is ahead? It’s easy to say “I trust” when you know your health is good, that your bank account is fine and friends and family are well. But what happens when you don’t know any of those things? What does it mean to trust when you don’t ‘know’? When you can’t just write a check to take care of the problem? When the person who’s hurt you isn’t around anymore for you to speak to them? Or when you have no idea how you are going to pay next months rent?
It seems that one of the major God ordained purposes of my recent journey is to challenge that question of trust to my very core.
God asks us all in a million different ways through out our life times “Do you trust me?”. In response to that question we jump in with the ‘right’ answer – ‘Yes Lord I trust you’. But do we really trust Him? Or do we simply trust in ourselves, trust our bank accounts, trust our family and friends and then add a little trust in God to make sure all the bases are covered? That’s the central point of my challenge lately.
If faith is the assurance (the hope – the resting) in what is unseen (Hebrews 11:1) then fear is the opposite of faith. Fear shouts ‘I don’t know what’s going to happen and I am worried, anxious, and afraid’. Faith says ‘Trust – rest in God – He is able’.
Recently in my life God has once again called me to examine my faith and I have found that I am prone to fear all too quickly. I think about what might happen and I get anxious. I call this the running the ‘what if tapes’ in my mind.
Faith doesn’t suggest we abandon reason and logic. Faith doesn’t say ‘jump off this cliff and God will catch you’. Faith says rest in what you know about God. Rest in what you know about what He has promised and what He is able to do. That’s why in faith Corrie can say we can trust an unknown future to our known God. Faith is resting in the fact that God is already in the future and knows all that will happen.
But for you and I right now – The future may be uncertain (mine certainly is at the moment). But God is ever present and all powerful and I pray that I am able to lean into that reality in the coming days.
Love this – “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”” Joshua 1:9 ESV