If You Can't Trust God, Then Who Can You Trust???
"By myself I have sworn, my mouth has uttered in all integrity, a word that will not be revoked." Isaiah 45:23 NIV
This is a word the Father recently showed me and initially, I got very excited! God has uttered many words to me, all in integrity, and it was a blessing to read that those words will not ever be revoked! I Love Hearing That!
But then as I pondered this word, Father God began pressing me with questions that took our conversation to a completely different level. His main focus involved my attitudes and the attitudes of others when we're confronted with a need in our lives.
If we know that Father has spoken a work, in all integrity, that will not be revoked, then why do we get all bent out of shape when a need crops up in our lives?
Why do we stagger when someone asks us for a financial donation? If we believe God's word is unshakeable and irrevocable, then why do we cringe or become judgemental when we encounter someone with a desperate need in their lives?
Why do we raise an eyebrow when someone has a material need that requires our assistance? Why do we attempt to blame others for their station in life, when our collective help, as a body, working in collaboration with the Father, can actually change their station in life?
Why do we worry and stress out when we find ourselves in a situation that we're powerless to resolve in our own strength? Why do we not believe that He's able to supply all our need, according to His riches in glory... according to all that He has access to, which far exceeds what we have access to?
If we believe in the integrity of God's word, then do we call His integrity into question when we hesitate, or refuse to sow into someone else's need? Why do we allow our fear to override our faith, rather than trusting God to repay us when we lend to the poor?
His word says in Proverbs 19:17 (NLT), "If you help the poor, you are lending to the LORD and he will repay you!"
Yet, so many of us fear, that if we help the poor, then in some way, we could end up being without ourselves... or we judge the person's situation and decide that they're not deserving of our help, rather than putting ourselves in their shoes and just bringing the relief they need.
As I grappled with these questions, I began to get a clear picture of why God is challenging me so much in the area and what I'm seeing is not pretty.
As a whole, believers have much room to grow when it comes to utterly depending on God to supply our every need.
Even when we have great jobs that pay well and plenty of resources available to us, some still struggle with the thought of losing it all, and that stands in the way of our ability to freely and liberally give to others.
We very much walk by sight, more than by faith and this ultimately reveals our lack of dependency on God. It also shines a light on our over-dependence on the flesh and our own ability to obtain natural resources. In essence, we may say we trust God with our mouths, but within our hearts, we often place more security in our personal wealth, our financial safety nets and our ability to take care of our own needs. Of course we should be financially responsible and take care of our business. But that ability to do so, should never supercede our need to trust and depend on God and the integrity of His word.
Even so, how often do you hear people say, "God helps those who help themselves...?"
While that's a good thought, it's not a biblical statement of faith that emanates from the heart of God. Jesus said in Matthew 6:33, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."
He didn't say, "Seek first the things you need and when you run into a bind, the kingdom will be there as a backup or a safety net!"
Our utter dependence must be in God, first... last and always!
We must trust Him when we have everything we need and we must trust Him when we don't have two cents to rub together.
We must trust Him when the refrigerator is stocked to the brim and we don't know where our next meal is coming from.
We must trust Him when He asks to borrow from our supply to share with others and trust that He will, in fact, repay us, just as His word promises.
We must trust Him enough to see ourselves as a conduit of blessings to others without fear that, in blessing others, God would revoke His promise to always provide for us!
After all, He's given us so very many exceedingly great and precious promises... And if we can't trust God to keep His word, then who can we trust???