A Journey Toward Perfect Trust
Continuation of our Study of Hebrews Chapter 12 and its application to “Perfect Trust.” All scripture taken from the Complete Jewish Bible.
Heb. 12:5-10 “Also you have forgotten the counsel which speaks with you as sons: “My son, don’t despise the discipline of ADONAI or become despondent when he corrects you. For ADONAI disciplines those he loves and whips everyone he accepts as a son.”Regard your endurance as discipline; God is dealing with you as sons. For what son goes undisciplined by his father? All legitimate sons undergo discipline; so if you don’t, you’re a mamzer (bastard) and not a son! Furthermore, we had physical fathers who disciplined us, and we respected them; how much more should we submit to our spiritual Father and live! For they disciplined us only for a short time and only as best they could; but he disciplines us in a way that provides genuine benefit to us and enables us to share in his holiness.” It is hard for some people to think of God as a true father. One who disciplines his children when they turn from the right path. Many have had earthly fathers who were not loving and caring in their discipline and therefore, they cannot relate to such a father. They see God as they see their earthly father: mean, uncaring, unloving, cruel in his discipline. This is not the case with God. His discipline is righteous and true. His love for us is perfect. A father who truly loves his children disciplines them with righteous discipline so that they grow up to be men and women of integrity, loving and caring for their own children– leading them into “Perfect Trust”. When a child has perfect trust for their earthly father, that father has the opportunity to mold that child into a righteous, loving human being who can have a positive affect on those they encounter throughout their life. This is the persona of God. When we have “Perfect Trust” in Him, he then has the opportunity to mold us into the righteousness of His Son, Yeshua. When a child begins to despise the discipline of the father, the child then opens a doorway in their soul for the enemy of God to work. The child begins to act in defiance against the discipline and shows animosity toward the father. He begins to act in unrighteous and sinful ways to demonstrate his defiance. This becomes difficult for the family who must then deal with a defiant child who can no longer receive righteous correction because his heart has been turned against the discipline of his father. The same is true of the children of God. After experiencing some tragedy or a consistent trial in their life, they decide to blame God and become defiant against His work in their lives. This opens a door for the enemy to put unrighteous thoughts into their head about God’s love and mercy. Instead of reminding themselves that “God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called in accordance with his purpose,” Romans 8:28, they start believing God does not care for them, and in fact, He is out to get them.
Referring back to the “Life of Pi,” it is clear that Pi suffered greatly during his journey across the sea. Many calamities befell him during that fateful journey. However, he knew that if he were to survive, it would only be by God’s hand. He also knew God to be loving and caring. He did not blame God for the loss of his family, or the fact that he was starving, lonely and scared. He cried out to Him for help in his time of need. He never gave up on God. He knew God had the power to save him and that He would not abandon him. Pi’s later life became a testimony of who God is. That was God’s purpose for Pi. Because Pi was willing for God to will and to do of His great pleasure in his life, Pi became a testimony to the love of God. And God rewarded his faithfulness and his “Perfect Trust” in the end, much the same as he did for the Patriarchs of the 11th Chapter of Hebrews. Never give up on God’s ability to bring you through to “Perfect Trust.”
Rudyard Kipling must have written the poem “If” for his own son Jack:
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:.
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build’em up with worn-out tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
God can make us into so much more than this. “Trust in ADONAI with all your heart; do not rely on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him; then he will level (make straight) your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6. Perfect Trust!
To Be Continued……