DayBreaks for 01/12/12 – Trust, the Final Word, Trust #16
Trusting Him sets us free!!!
From November 2001:
This DayBreaks will conclude this series of thoughts on trust. I don’t want to leave you with the mistaken impression that I’ve got it all together when it comes to trust. Far, far from it. I don’t. But He is faithfully teaching me and has opened my eyes to the power of trust in the Christian life to free us and enable us to do things that we would never dream of even trying because we know it won’t be our doing or even our responsibility to make it happen – it is He that gives the victory and strength.
Yet, I have a dear friend with two young children whose husband is not longer in the home. I have a dear friend whose mother is no longer able to care for herself and God doesn’t seem disposed to heal her. I have friends at church for whom God has not provided a job for a long time, in spite of many prayers asking for a job. I have a cousin who has a life-threatening illness – and I’ve prayed over and over for a miracle from God – thus far to no avail. Why should these people trust Him? Why should I?
Let me turn one more time on this topic to Brennan Manning and his work, Ruthless Trust: “Abba, everything is possible for you. Take this cup away from me. But let it be as you, not I, would have it.” (Mark 14:36) Jesus’ death on Calvary is his greatest act of trust in his Father. Jesus plunges into the darkness of death…confident only that somehow his Abba will vindicate him…and his blessed, obstinate, importunate trust ravishes the heart of his Abba.
“To be like Christ is to be a Christian.
“Clearly, growth in trust cannot be self-initiated. The one thing most needed cannot be self-supplied. But there is one abundant source of trust to which we must return again and again. It flows from the barren rock of Golgotha at the feet of the crucified Christ. Contemplate the incomparable love of Jesus as he suffocates to death. ‘There is no greater love than this…’ (John 15:13). For a few minutes stay face to face with the dying Jesus and hear him whisper, ‘I’m dying…to be with you.’
“The same love yesterday on Calvary, today in our hearts, and forever in heaven. Jesus crucified is not merely a heroic example to the church. He is the power and wisdom of God, his love capable of transforming our cowardly, distrustful hearts into hearts strong in the trust that they are loved. We do not have to do anything, except let our unworthy, ungrateful selves be loved as we are. Trust happens. You will trust him to the degree that you know you are loved by him.
“I am the resurrection. If anyone believes in my, even though he or she dies will live, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this? (John 11:26)
“Ruthless trust ultimately comes down to this: faith in the person of Jesus and hope in his promise. In spite of all disconcerting appearances, we stare down death without nervousness and anticipate resurrection solely because Jesus has said, ‘You have my word on it.’
“It doesn’t get any more ruthless. Either we believe in the resurrection and therefore trust in Jesus of Nazareth and the gospel he preached, or we do not believe in the resurrection and therefore do not trust in Jesus of Nazareth and the gospel he preached. If Easter is not history, we must become cynics. In other words, either we trust in the person and promise of Jesus and commit our lives to both, or we do not.
“In the century just gone by, was there a bolder witness than that of Deitrich Bonhoeffer? On April 9, 1945, in a concentration camp in Flossenburg, Germany, having been condemned to death for conspiring in a plot to assassinate Adolph Hitler, Bonhoeffer broke loose from his two Nazi guards and went running toward the gallows, shouting, ‘O death, you are the supreme festival on the road to Christian freedom!’
“Ruthless trust is an unerring sense, way deep down, that beneath the surface agitation, boredom, and insecurity of life, it’s gonna be all right. Ill winds may blow, more character defects may surface, sickness may visit, and friends will surely die; but a stubborn, irrefutable certainty persists that God is with us and loves us in our struggle to be faithful. A non-rational, absolutely true intuition perdures that there is something unfathomably big in the universe, something that points to Someone who is filled with peace and power, love and undreamed of creativity – Someone who inevitably will reconcile all things in himself.
“…trust is the pre-eminent expression of love. Thus, it may mean more to Jesus when we say, ‘I trust you,’ than when we say, ‘I love you.
“Where am I in all this? With you, clasping hands each morning and crying out in unison, ‘Lord Jesus, I trust you; help my lack of trust.”
PRAYER: Jesus, I want to know you and love you and trust you more! Grant me your grace to grow in trust! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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