A Journey Toward Perfect Trust
A Study of Hebrews Chapter 12 and its application to “Perfect Trust.” All scripture taken from the Complete Jewish Bible.
Heb. 12:1 “So then, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us, too, put aside every impediment – that is, the sin which easily hampers our forward movement – and keep running with endurance in the contest set before us.” In Chapter 11, we have many examples of those who have gone before us who learned “Perfect Trust”. These are those who saw God the Father as a perfect Father who loved them enough to allow in their lives whatever He knew would perfect their faith into that “Perfect Trust” which allowed God to live, move and have His being in them. Perfect trust is the causative of our death to self–who we think we are, how we think, and therefore, how we act.
Heb. 12:2 “Looking away to the Initiator and Completer of that trusting, Yeshua – who, in exchange for obtaining the joy set before him, endured execution on a stake as a criminal, scorning the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” God did not spare His Son any of the pain and suffering endured by those heroes of Hebrews, Chapter 11. If He did not spare His Son, He will not spare us–His sons and daughters. There is much erroneous belief today that God only does good to us and Satan is the author of all of the bad things that happen to us. This kind of thinking is grievous to God, as you will see further in the Book of Hebrews. Paul understood that “God is the one working among you both the willing and the working for what pleases him.” Phil. 2:13.
Heb.12:3-4 “Yes, think about him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you won’t grow tired or become despondent. You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in the contest against sin.” Many have suffered as Yeshua suffered. Many of us continue to suffer. Think of the many disasters, the economic strife, the strain on families and relationships currently taking place in this world. It’s enough to make a person want to give up. Fear, trepidation, worry, stress. These are the keywords of our day. Take heart, God is still at work to will and to do of His great pleasure in your life! He will not abandon you! Just when you think you can’t take anymore, God will intervene. A recent Academy Award winning movie, “The Life of Pi,” is a wonderful example of this. Although this young man suffered immensely–losing his entire family, stranded at sea with only the company of a tiger and the constant fear of being devoured by the tiger, he insisted on believing God was in control of his life . And God was. When Pi would come to the end of himself, God would intervene. Pi understood that God is in control of everything. He never once gave thought to the fact that Satan had any control over the events of his life or what he was currently suffering. His was “Perfect Trust” in the will of God to work His perfect work in his life. This is what is called for in these days of calamity. We, here in the United States, have suffered a tragedy this past week in the bombings at the Boston Marathon. However, we continue to hear of the strength and resilience of those who were affected by this tragedy. The same is true of other recent disasters, Sandy Hook, Hurricane Sandy and others. When we look to God through the tragedy, we begin to see “This is what God, our Deliverer, regards as good; this is what meets his approval. He wants all humanity to be delivered and come to full knowledge of the truth”. 1Timothy 2:3-4. And what is the truth? Perfect Trust in His love for us and His care for all mankind. Understanding that those of us who have accepted the completed work of His son on the cross are heirs with Him in His suffering–which is tailor made for each of us to bring us to “Perfect Trust!”
To be continued……