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.12:18-21 “For you have not come to a tangible mountain, to an ignited fire, to darkness, to murk, to a whirlwind, to the sound of a shofar, and to a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further message be given to them – for they couldn’t bear what was being commanded them, “If even an animal touches the mountain, it is to be stoned to death”; and so terrifying was the sight that Moshe said, “I am quaking with dread.””
Heb. 12:22-24 On the contrary, you have come to Mount Tziyon, that is, the city of the living God, heavenly Yerushalayim; to myriads of angels in festive assembly; to a community of the firstborn whose names have been recorded in heaven; to a Judge who is God of everyone; to spirits of righteous people who have been brought to the goal; to the mediator of a new covenant, Yeshua; and to the sprinkled blood that speaks better things than that of Hevel.”
We live in a generation where fear is gripping the hearts of even the most determined of God’s people. Just as in Sodom and Gomorrah, the world cries “There is no God! Let us live and make merry!” Many shy away from what they have been taught of God because they see him as Hebrews 12:18-21 portrays him. As a harsh and uncaring God.
Those of us who truly know the living God are saddened and ashamed at what is happening in our world. We know God is not to be feared in the way the world defines fear. We know He is to be “reverently” feared. He is an awesome God with the power to destroy, the power to heal, to break down and to build up. He is a loving God who cares deeply for His creation, a loving Father who wants only for His children to walk righteously. He judges both the righteous and the unrighteous, even though we may not believe so.
Many years ago when I first began to search the depths of God, I was fearful of Him. My fear was based on the fact that I knew I was unrighteous before Him. I knew I deserved His chastisement and I was afraid He would take me to places I did not want to go at that time. My fear was based on error. On not truly knowing the God who was asking me to come walk with Him. As I grew in my knowledge and understanding of His character, my thoughts began to change about both myself and the God I committed to serve. He is a just, patient and loving God. I began to see him truly as a Father who ONLY wants the best for His children and who knows what is best for each and every life He created. God has a story to tell for each one of us He breathed life into. However, He does not force us to walk in the story He created for us. Maybe it would be easier if God were more forceful in demanding that we become the person He created us to be. But that would not be of our choosing, but His. His love is so great, He allows us to make the choices for our lives.
As I said, when I came to accept the work God’s Son accomplished for me, I came because of fear. A friend of mine at work gave me a book to read–“The Late, Great Planet Earth” by Hal Lindsey. If you are not familiar with the book, it is a book on Eschatology — the Rapture and the end of the world. This book scared me to death! I knew at that time I was not ready for the end of time. I looked at my life and where I was and I was not pleased with what I saw. Although I was what people call “normal,” not a thief, murderer, alcoholic, druggie, etc. Sure, I may have told a few lies, cheated a bit on my taxes, got angry and said things I didn’t mean, but that was “normal” right? Not in God’s eyes! That was not righteousness. Righteousness does not mean you will ALWAYS do what’s right, it means when you don’t do what is right, you recognize it, you repent of it, and you try to make it right. That is where I was wrong. I would try to justify why I did what I did. In my mind, I had a good reason for doing it. God knew my fear, just as He knew the Hebrews would not come before Him because of fear. He used my fear to bring me to Him. The Hebrews, on the other hand, refused to allow Him to turn their fear into trust. Their choice caused them to remove themselves from God, not receiving all He had for them.
Recently, I was put in a situation where I was (in my mind) unjustly treated. Right away, I reacted to that unjust treatment and was unkind in my reaction. However, this time, I did not try to reason it away. I was convicted by the Holy Spirit. I felt bad about my actions and my part in the situation. I repented and asked God to give me an opportunity to make things right with that person. He did just that. Not in the way I had expected, but His way was much better than how I had planned. Over the years what I have learned is that many times it is our reaction to what happens around us that gets us into trouble. When others choose to be unkind, or sin against us or those we care about, our human nature is to react to the situation. Once we learn that our reaction hurts us and exacerbates the situation, we can take control of our human nature knowing that God sees all things, including our unkind reaction.
The Father wants us to never “be afraid” of Him, but to respect who He is and why He does what He does. Everything God does is out of ultimate love for us. It may not look that way to us, but the truth is GOD IS LOVE and He only acts out of love.
Hebrews 12:22-24 shows us what truly awaits us if we would but humble ourselves to the will of the Father allowing Him to shape and mold us into the people we were created to be. Only then will we be truly satisfied with who we are. Only then can we truly place our Perfect Trust in Him.
Let us therefore throw off anything that hinders us from becoming that person we were created to be, the righteousness of the One True God! Let us continue on our journey toward Perfect Trust!
To be continued……