I’ve been trying to write this article for the past couple of weeks, and everytime I got to my computer, nothing seemed to pour forth. So I just told my self to wait till the Spirit leads. All we do, shouldn’t be to make ourselves look good, intellectual, spiri-koko-ed or what have you, it must all point to God. As the days went by, I got a testimony from a friend about somethings he went through and I thought about how relevant it was to this topic..this must have been what I’d been waiting for.
When I was much younger, my siblings and I loved to watch Aladdin, the disney version. We also had the tape and spent lots of mornings watching it to the extent that I could recite the whole movie from the beginning at the cave of wonders to the last song as the credits rolled off the screen. One part came to my mind as I thought about this topic, this particular scene. Aladdin asks Jasmine ‘Do you trust me?’
ALADDIN: Do you trust me? JASMINE: What? ALADDIN: Do you trust me? (He extends his hand) JASMINE: Yes. (She takes it.) ALADDIN: Then jump!
And off they went escaping from the guards. Jasmine, didn’t have time to rationalize the events, what if she broke her neck, what if , what if, what if? Now the real question, What if Jasmine had refused to jump? I wonder how that would have translated as ‘Trust’. Aladdin would have looked like a fool and would surely think that Jasmine didn’t trust him, and then the guards would have captured her, sad. But it is a story, and she actually jumped but real-life doesn’t always translate so wonderfully. Many times we claim to trust but we really do not.
If you look through life and the decisions you have had to make, you will see the importance of trust. You go on an airplane, without cross-checking to see who is flying or what the pilots qualifications and awards are. You trust that the sun will rise every morning. You trust that gravity won’t one day cease to pull you back to earth. You trust that the money you have in your bank account is safe and sound. But when it comes to relationships, our trust wanes. More-so the number one relationship all of Mankind should have, we question it.
Man has always had trust issue since the beginning, in the garden. Eve had a choice, to trust God’s words concerning the garden and its gifts, or not. We all know how that went. All through the books of bible, this is echoed, God speaks to man, ‘I LOVE YOU, TRUST ME’ many times, they claimed to trust God but went about doing what they preferred just like we presently do.
One of my friends went through the toughest time of his life some months ago. He is someone who loves to help people and every other person has come to depend on. He gave up himself so many times to ensure that people could be ok, financially, emotionally..basically they looked up to him and he became some sort of savior to them. Who was he? only a Man, just a man. And until God began to break him down, he didn’t understand why he was having a nervous breakdown. He had been trying to play God to all these people, forgetting that he should be dependent on God, not on himself. Every of his acts pointed people to him and not God. Thanks be to God, he has come out of the situation and has realized his folly, life without total dependence on God is no life.
The Ultimate Question my dears, is not, Does God exist?, it is, Can We Trust God? Ask the Atheist why they do not believe there is a God, there is no answer that they can give that wouldn’t point to ‘Lack of Trust’. But it’s not enough to believe that God exists, We must actively trust that God loves us , and at the end it will be all good, despite our present groanings just as the Bible proclaims. Every single time we look to ourselves and circumstances, just like My friend did, Just like Eve did, Just like Peter did, just like We usually do, we would start to sink, just like Peter. Man wasn’t made to walk this life alone. God is glorified when you are solely dependent on Him. We need to stop trying to ‘do’, trying to stop sinning, trying to be ‘good’, We need to abandon our will to God’s will. If the birds of the air have no worries of tomorrow, why you?
”A true belief in Christ springs from that trust and compels us to search “with a good and honest heart” for the will of God in our lives. A true belief in Christ is recognizable because it produces the fruit of the Spirit — fruit that no one can deny when they see it. A true belief in Christ means we seek peace, not contention, and when peace is unattainable by our own efforts, we trust God enough to let it go so God can handle it in God’s own way and time. When our belief is truly grounded in Christ only then will the “living streams” flow from us, giving life and blessings to all those around us”
So, Do you trust God? If your answer is yes, now lets us like Jasmine did, JUMP!