The initial task of learning to trust God starts when we recognize the existence of God (see Learning to Trust, previous week). This week I want to talk further about trust. In our own lives, we know that keeping a promise can be difficult.
Can we trust that God will keep His promise?
When circumstances do not line up to make promise-keeping an easy task, integrity can be put to the test. There are several gems of truth that help explain issues of integrity in Romans 4: 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.
Without a lot of mental laboring I can detect the following points:
1. There is a promise from God
2. We may need to be persuaded/convinced about His promise.
3. If we are fully persuaded, we can fully trust in His promise.
4. If we can fully trust in the promise, our belief will not waver.
Believing the (giver of a) promise becomes a matter of application (by the receiver).
- Has this giver been consistent with their word in the past?
- Is the giver reliable and consistent?
- Is my circumstance (as receiver) similar enough to expect a fulfillment from the giver’s promise?
- Am I consistent?
If we answer ‘No’ or ‘unsure’ to any of the above, sadly, we are NOT fully persuaded about His promise. So lets speak to the weaknesses:
Point 1: God’s promise has been 100% consistent. When something is promised in the Bible, there is a clear statement of how it is fulfilled at a later point in the Bible.
Point 2: God is indeed reliable. ‘Consistent’ is a term that is relative to me. God remains 100% consistent, and I can be unable to see His consistency until I can see more of the big picture that He can already see.
At this point, the discovery most believers are confronted with is:
-I am the factor of inconsistency that affects the promise.
- God makes promises and fulfills the promises.
- God is consistent and reliable.
- I am not consistent — because I am human.
- I don’t know if my circumstance will line up with God’s promise.
God has done an amazing thing at this point. He is patient with us. As we learn about Him, and build our relationship with Him, he builds us up so we can be persuaded to trust, more and more, over time.
Over the years there are many things for which I have developed an unwavering trust in God. I see the evidence of it in the Bible, and I see the evidence of it in my own life. It is my most important prayer for myself and for all believers:
Pray that we do not stop, learning to trust God. Daily
Pray that he will continue to build each of us up— to a person of unwavering faith.