Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
Do you trust me?
by Erik Momsen
The question, “Do you trust me?” normally settles a conversation. It even pushes us into a corner. We have to be honest with the person asking the question. Often silence means we do not trust.
If the answer is yes then the matter is settled and I have to leave it in the other person's hands. Leave it with them and trust them.
You might have heard of the game “Trust” where the “victim” falls backwards to be caught by the person they “trust”. A very difficult thing to do.
MECHANICS OF TRUST
Trust depends on a quite a few issues. A definition of “Trust” states - “Firm reliance on the integrity, ability, or character of a person or thing”.
So much depends on the person to be trusted.
Integrity – solid to the core – without flaws.
Ability – can the person do the job?
Character – trustworthy, loving, true …
The more I know about the person the more I can trust them, or not.
Desperation and consequence can also force trust. This is not always a bad thing. The firemen shout, “Jump or burn”. The apostle Peter responded in this manner when Jesus asked him whether he was also going to leave. “Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.” (John 6:68)
In a very difficult and dark place, The Lord asked me; “DO YOU TRUST ME?” What was I going to say? Where else would I go?
Fortunately I have been looking into the integrity, ability, & character of the God of the Bible for a few decades and I know Him. The problem is not with Him. The problem is my own weak heart. My daughter knows I will catch her if she falls backwards but she is still scared. There is a seed of fear in her with which she struggles.
In Luke 1:5ff Zechariah, the temple priest, is silenced because of his lack of trust. The thing that he had been praying for was the thing he did not trust in when he is told it is about to happen.
10 "And the whole multitude of the people was praying outside at the hour of incense."
- It can only been in response to prayer that great things happen.
18-20 "And Zacharias said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.” And the angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings. But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time.”
- Zechariah wants a sign, as if an angel sent in response to his prayers is not enough. Zach, do you trust? Well give me a sign first.
- Gabriel is almost speechless himself. “Do you know who is standing in front of you. My credentials comes from the presence of the Almighty God”.
Two great facts of reassurance comes in the names of our two human characters.
Zechariah means “YHWH remembers” - YHWH remembered his prayers and their faithfulness.
v6 “And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.”
John means “YHWH is gracious” - YHWH meets his people's needs.
14-17 “And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
The announcement of the greatest man of God, to that point, had just been made. God is gracious to his people. He is able to deliver.
God is asking you, “Do you trust me?” That is the question of faith.
Date Added: 2012-10-08
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