A Journey Toward Perfect Trust
“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” The Complete Jewish Bible states it this way: “Trusting is being “confident” of what we hope for, “convinced” about things we do not see”. (Quotes and italics added for emphasis). I like that.
The terms belief, faith and trust are used throughout the Bible. So what do these terms mean? Here is how I see it. I believe in the Trinity–God, the father, His Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. I have faith that Jesus died for me and will come back again; and I trust that I have been saved through His atoning blood and will be with Him in paradise. Now let me give you an example from my own experience.
When I first became a Christian back in 1980, I accepted by faith the work Jesus had completed on the Cross. I believed He was who He claimed to be so I started adding to my faith by learning more about Him. As I began to exercise this faith, I started learning to trust what I had believed through faith.
When my daughter was seven years old she was diagnosed with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia. She had a blockage in her adrenal glands that prevented her from producing cortisone hormones. The doctor placed her on a cortisone regimen which we were told she would be required to remain on for the rest of her life. We were young in the Lord at that time but were growing in our faith. Believing God to be true to His word that “whatever you ask in my name I will do,” (John 14:13 CJB) we sat down with our daughter and asked God to heal her. Through faith, I believed God could heal her. I had the faith to ask Him to do it, now I had to trust that He would do it. We wanted to encourage our daughter to add to her faith as well so we asked her to go and seek a word from scripture that would help strengthen her faith. She returned with Luke 8:48 KJV, “Daughter, be brave, your faith has healed you.”
It came time for my daughter’s doctor appointment and I asked my husband to accompany us to the doctor because I was not sure I had complete trust that God had healed her. Due to commitments at his job, he was unable to accompany us and when the Doctor told me her levels were higher than before, I doubted God. I was so ashamed of myself for doubting God, but learned a great lesson about faith and how faith must mature into trust.
Later my daughter came to comfort me and said “Don’t worry Mommy, God is going to deal directly with me for my healing.” Three years later, when my daughter was 10 years old she came to me and told me she was healed. The Doctors had told me that with her condition, without the medication, she would not go through puberty as a normal young woman. Praise God she did and she continues to be healed. So, you see, God was true to His word; but He did it His own way. I learned a great lesson and my daughter grew to trust in God’s word. God is a merciful God. He gave me many more opportunities to develop my faith.
We had recently moved to Tampa, Florida and it seemed the tropics did not agree with my daughter (the same one previously healed). She developed severe allergies during our time there. She started getting hives on her body and her lips would swell. This had never happened to her before in any other place where we lived. One night, she came into our bedroom saying she couldn’t breathe. Her tongue was swollen and her throat felt strange. Once again we called on the name of the Lord for healing for our daughter. This time we determined to trust God and after praying and asking for healing for her, we sent her back to bed. The swelling stopped immediately and when she returned to bed she slept soundly. Suffice it to say that my faith was blossoming into trust.
I have been blessed with many more opportunities since that time to develop my faith into complete trust.
“Trust in Adonai with all your heart; do not rely on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him; then he will level your paths.” Proverbs 3:6 CJB.
To be continued……