A Journey Toward Perfect Trust
As stated by Charles Green, Founder of Trusted Adviser Associates LLC, “fear is the enemy of trust, and trust is the antidote to fear.” Scripture tells us to “Fear God.” So does this mean we should not trust Him because we are to fear Him? Of course not. Webster’s Dictionary has two definitions for fear. The first is “an unpleasant, often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger.” The second definition pertains directly to the fear of God. “A profound reverence and awe especially toward God.”
1John 4:18 states that “Perfect love casts out all fear.” (KJV) Here the word fear is consistent with Webster’s first definition above meaning an unpleasant emotion which causes anticipation. Proverbs 9:10 states that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” (KJV) So how does the “fear of the Lord” bring us into perfect trust? Let me give you an example from my own life experience.
In 1998, I had a huge tumor in my stomach. My stomach had ballooned in size and I was feeling very poorly. I was continuing on my journey toward perfect trust and was learning to trust God for my health. I felt He was testing me, much the same way He tested Job, by allowing the enemy to buffet me with this malady. At one point I was feeling very badly and I asked my husband to pray for me. We had just had an argument over something silly (that is usually the case–something silly) and he was still feeling a bit raw from the incident. When he came to pray for me, he was hurt over the incident and his attitude reflected his hurt. Seeing this, I told him I did not believe he was in the right frame of mind to pray for me so I was going to drive myself to the hospital. I got out of bed and went out and got into our car. As you can see, my attitude was not one of trust either. My 18-year-old daughter came out to the car and said to me “Mom, you have been teaching me all my life to trust God for everything. Now you have chosen not to trust Him?” While I was in the car being ministered to by my daughter, my husband prostrated himself before God and prayed. I was about to betray the trust I had placed in my heavenly Father. I had taught my children all their lives that God is awesome and wonderful and He can do all things. To betray my trust in Him by allowing myself to believe that the only way for me to get relief from my pain was to go to a hospital was a fearful thing to me. My daughter was right. God is awesome and wonderful and can do ALL things. Isiah 12:2 states “See! God is my salvation. I am confident and unafraid; for Yah Adonai is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation!”( CJB) I went back into the house and found my husband in tears before God, repenting of his attitude and asking for His mercy. He got up from the floor and came to the bed asking if he could pray for me. I gladly accepted his prayer and as he began to pray, immediately I felt a pulsing in my stomach and we watched as my stomach shrank back to its normal size. God heard the prayer of a humble man, accepted the trust of a woman in need and healed me! Praise God! When I was tempted to betray my trust in Him, he sent my daughter to strengthen my faith. Once again, I had the opportunity to trust what I had believed through faith. Through faith I believed God “could” heal me. By trusting, I acted on my belief in God’s faithfulness.
The walk to “Perfect Trust” is paved with the specific experiences God allows in our life. As we become more sensitive to His desire to make us “perfect in Him” we can see the things that happen to us and around us as His plan to bring us to Perfect Trust in Him. That nothing can or will happen outside of His will for “we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called in accordance with his purpose.” (Complete Jewish Bible.)
Perfect Trust is KNOWING that in everything, we are in Him, and He is in us. Therefore we know that nothing is happenstance and He has a plan for all things!
To Be Continued……