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.12:11 “Now, all discipline, while it is happening, does indeed seem painful, not enjoyable; but for those who have been trained by it, it later produces its peaceful fruit, which is righteousness.” I grew up one of seven children. My mother was the disciplinarian in most cases–unless she needed my father to step in. She believed in spanking as one of her disciplinary methods. Mom created a “paddle” from a toy bat with a rubber band ball on the end. She removed the rubber band and ball and wrote this on the paddle: “Never smack a child in the face, for nature provides a much better place.” I’ll never forget that saying! I love my mother and trusted her discipline–even though I didn’t like receiving it. My father’s discipline was much the same. However, as children, he seemed much more awesome to us. Even as a child, I realized that without discipline I would not become the person I am today! Not that I’m perfect, but I do know the difference between right and wrong and strive to always adhere to the right way of doing things. The discipline of a righteous parent mirrors the discipline of our righteous Father in Heaven. My parents did not enjoy disciplining us. They would much rather we always did what was right and never needed to be disciplined. However, discipline is part of growth–be it physical, emotional, or spiritual growth. God focuses on our spiritual growth so that we can be physically, emotionally and spiritually strong. If we are strong spiritually, that strength will embody us emotionally and physically. Even as we sometimes did not understand the discipline of our parents, we sometimes do not understand the discipline of God. God’s ways are not our ways and the plans He has for us may not be our plans. He knows us intimately and knows what needs to happen in our lives to bring us to “Perfect Trust” in Him and His ways. What needs to happen most often would not be of our choosing. “For now we see obscurely in a mirror, but then it will be face to face. Now I know partly; then I will know fully, just as God has fully known me.” 1 Cor. 13:12. He has had a plan for each of our lives since before we were conceived and His plan is to see us through to perfection. He is the only one who knows fully how to complete such an awesome task. The more we fight Him by resisting his instruction and His discipline when we get off track, the harder things become for us. Once we recognize that EVERYTHING that happens to us as children of the most high God is ordered by Him for a specific purpose in our lives, the easier our transformation will be and our journey to “Perfect Trust” will prevail.
Once again I refer to the movie “Life of Pi.” As a young boy Pi searched for God. He began to see God in everything. Pi’s parents did not understand his hunger after God, but God knew Pi intimately and knew who he would one day become. God also knew the road Pi must travel to get where he needed to go, so He directed the path Pi would follow. This is true of all of us. If we will relent to God’s path for our life, our journey may not be easy, but we will reach our goal.
A few years ago I went through a very difficult and stressful time in my life. God was calling me to make a decision I did not want to make. I fought God’s leading in my heart and started to become bitter against the tools he was using to bring me to the correct decision. My struggling and insisting on blaming others for my situation only made things much worse. I was refusing to look to God, the author and finisher of my faith. My resistance to God only caused more pain and grief in my situation. I acted in sin and rebellion to God by expressing my feelings of blame to those He was using. One morning, after crying out to God in my misery, He spoke to my heart and helped me realize that I was sinning against Him and against those He chose to use. My heart broke. I knew He was right and that I had to make things right with Him and with those I had blamed. I did exactly that. At once the burden on my heart was lifted and today, looking back, I can see clearly what God was trying to accomplish. I began to understand that God is the hammer that beats on the anvil of my heart to mold me into the person He created me to be. Yesterday, I saw this experience through a glass darkly–today, face to face with God as I travel on my journey to “Perfect Trust.”
To Be Continued……