“The goal of the Christian life is to start trusting God,” according to Aaron Budjen.
He says this in opposition to the widely accepted belief that most Christians live by: “The goal of the Christian life is to stop sinning.”
No, Aaron says, the goal is not to stop sinning.” Why? Because that is impossible.
But trusting God also seems an impossible task at times. I gave this a lot of thought recently and realized that there was a contradiction between my claim of trusting God and all of the time I spend worrying.
If I actually trusted Him, why do I essentially say to Him: “Hey God, let me tell you how you should run your universe.”
A few weeks ago I asked myself, “Wait. Do I even trust God?”
I realized that the answer was no. With certain things, no, I don’t trust Him. With certain things, I want God to ‘do it my way.’ I have ideas for the future that I think are pretty great, and then I spend way too much time worrying that He won’t live up to my expectations. (i.e., I don’t trust Him!)
I just lived with that for a few days. (Ouch.)
Then, last week, I had an hour-long drive home with views of the Rocky Mountains and rolling hills and cascading pine forests along the way . . .
I thought to myself, “Wow, you’re an idiot!”
With my heart rejoicing, I prayed, “Lord, of course I can trust You! Look at all that you have created!! Your power is amazing.”
Next, I had these two really vivid dream. They happened over a span of two nights, and were the type of dream that you can never forget. They were obvious reminders from God that He is trustworthy; they were reassurances of His friendship with me, His close involvement in my life.
It was as if God was saying, “It’s okay. I understand. You are just flesh and blood. I know exactly how you feel. But, you really can trust Me.”
And I was blown away! Yes, I can most certainly trust Him!
I love it how He doesn’t condemn us or expect us to be perfect or strong or heroically brave. God is so kind and gentle with us. He has no expectations of us; He has forgiven us of all of our sin and trespasses (Col 1:14, Eph 1:7).
He knows that we need His comfort, and He gives it to us in times of need.
In fact, He has given us everything that we need, because we have Him! We just have to remember that He is trustworthy. 🙂
“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence.” (2 Peter 1:3)
April 30, 2017