Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Trust

I was just reading something on another blog, and it mentioned Trust - meaning, trust in God.

This has been a big issue in my life. I actuall made a sign that said "trust...", and put it on the dashboard of my car. I meant it as a reminder to trust God, passengers thought I was telling them to trust me as I careened down the highway.

What does trusting God look like?

I suppose it depends on your view of how active God is in your life.

If God is intimately and actively involved in your life, then trusting Him can take on a kind of wild, adventurous tone. Why not pack up and move to Mongolia? God can protect me there, just like He does here, right? You get the idea.

If God is more distant, trusting Him becomes a safer, more sober undertaking. God has proivided you with certain talents and abilities, so use them wisely and not throw them away for the sake of a risky jaunt to Mongolia. You'll lose your job, for sure. God expects you to be careful. Don't foolishly test Him.

Where do I fall? I think like #1, and act like #2.

Makes me kind of lukewarm, doesn't it?
So, should I be Hot (#1), or Cold (#2)?

Let me know what you think, and why. It would be facinating to me to read what your opinions are on this.

Thanks!

11 comments:

Sue 4:45 AM, June 29, 2005  

Oh, what an interesting post. I think I'm somewhere between the two as well. The thing is, though, God communicates. If he tells me to go to Mongolia, as he told Abraham to go to Ur, then yes of course we need to pack up and go. I came with my husband to live in Cyprus for that reason nearly eight years ago, and God certainly didn't let us down.

On the other hand, I don't think we should use trust as an excuse to do whatever we feel like, because not everything is God's will for us. He does give us talents and intelligence, and does expect us to use them. We're not to be like newborn babies who have no choice but to trust their parents; we're adults, able to listen and think for ourselves and at least attempt to find guidance.

Old woman 9:15 PM, July 02, 2005  

Prof Steve - I think trusting God just means knowing that whatever happens we will be able to handle it. Currently my husband and I are going through some VERY difficult legal things (much to long to explain right now). Anyway, our income was cut by more than half at one time, then was down to no income at all for about two months. I now have a new job, so finances are again okay, but the legal issues are far from settled. Trusting God means reminding myself EVERY day that He will be there for us no matter how things turn out, and that even if I were to lose every material possession I have, I have family that would not let me be homeless, etc. Trust means knowing that God WILL provide, but that we must use our talents, too. I love God SO much, even when He feels so far away. And, I'm so glad He led me to your blog. Carole

Old woman 9:16 PM, July 02, 2005  

PS, I didn't mean to talk so long! C

Professor Steve 10:44 PM, July 02, 2005  

Sue and Carole,

Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments. Isn't it amazing that with a little bit of technology, someone's bright idea to write things down and call it a blog has enabled a guy from So. Cal., a woman from the east side of the U.S. and another woman from Cyprus (!) to converse and encourage one another?!

The number one industry on the internet is pornography, and yet, the Holy Spirit is infiltrating and using this same internet to work miracles.

Amazing.

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