If You Don’t Know Him, You Won’t Believe Him
This is the second post in the series, “The Basics,” which goes through the basic things we believe as Christians.
Today I wanted to talk more about why it is important to know God. In the last post, “Getting To Know God,” I talked about why it is important to know what the bible is, how to use it, and why we all need to let our relationship with the Lord get way more serious. I quoted many bible verses. The next thing we need to talk about is trusting God.
As a Christian there are certain perks (or advantages) that we have, because we know Someone that has inside information into everything. God knows everything that has happened in the past, and He knows everything that will happen in the future. He is all knowing (or omnipotent). In fact He created everything, so He knows exactly how things are supposed to work. Not only does He know, but He gave us the bible, which is a love letter that contains details about how everything in our lives should be approached for maximum joy, growth, and fruitfulness.
Can you imagine what your life would be like if you had a friend that knew literally everything (let’s also try to imagine that this person isn’t extremely arrogant. I know, unlikely, but stay with me). Wouldn’t you ask their advice before you made decisions? Wouldn’t the fact that you knew someone with access to any type of information change the way you live your life? Let me throw one more factor into this hypothetical situation. Imagine you have not known this person for very long and you don’t know if you can trust them. Wouldn’t your ability to trust that person shape the way you behave when they give you advice or information?
Trust is something that determines all the different aspects of your relationship with someone else. The same is true about your relationship with God. And if you don’t know Him, how will you be able to trust Him? God makes so many wonderful promises to us. These promises are supposed to help us live in victory, knowing our Father in heaven cares for us and will take care of us. But if we don’t trust God, these promises cannot be the tools for victory and confidence that God created them to be. I lived under a cloud of doubt for many years, even as a Christian. Even though I believed that God was telling the truth in His word, I wasn’t trusting Him that those truths applied to me. I didn’t believe God when He told me about His hope filled plans for my future. In my heart I said things like, “Well I know that is true for everyone else, but surely not for me.” Lies, lies, lies! There were reasons why I didn’t want to believe that I should trust God with my life. Maybe they will sound familiar.
I Was Afraid
I didn’t believe that God knew the best thing for me. I wanted certain things, and if God didn’t want to give them to me, well I was not going to go along with His plan. I was afraid that if I didn’t fulfill my future goals, or become successful that my life would be wasted. I cared more about what other people thought of me, and I wanted to prove myself. I was afraid that God would somehow let me down if I surrendered everything in my life to Him. Obviously, I didn’t know God very well!! God doesn’t let people down! That isn’t to say that as followers of Jesus that everything will be flowery and easy. No, I am not saying that. But if we trust God and surrender everything to Him, He will give us the best possible life according to His plans to allow us to take part in furthering His kingdom (helping others understand how to join us in heaven).
I Cared Too Much About People’s Opinions
I can’t overemphasize this point enough. I feared man (I cared more about what others thought about my life) and my own opinion of myself more than I feared God. As a result I did stupid things. Looking back, I understand why. The bible is very clear on this issue. Do you want to make smart decisions? Do you want wisdom?
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” – Proverbs 9:11
Make the decision right now that you are going to fear God more than man! You won’t be sorry. God has amazing plans for your life, but He won’t force you to follow His will. And let’s go ahead and close the fear section out with this verse, that talks about fear in relation to God’s perfect love for us.
“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” – 1 John 4:18
It Sounded Too Good To Be True
I loved the way God’s promises sounded, but my wicked heart would not let me believe them. Watch out for self-condemnation! That is where satan kept me nice and uncomfortable.
“If God only knew all of the terrible thoughts I have, the horrible things I have done and continue to do, He wouldn’t mean what He says in the bible.”
Lies, lies, lies… again! God DOES know! That is the amazing thing. He knows everything you have thought, you will think, you did, and you will do. God knows it all dear sister. Yet His infinite grace and mercy have you covered. That is why Paul writes this verse to the Romans:
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” – Romans 8:1-2
The Romans were struggling with the same thing that you and I struggle with. They were feeling condemned, as sinners, even though Jesus Christ had clearly taken the punishment for their sins. Don’t let satan fool you. Keep walking in the Spirit. Are you going to fail? Of course, we all fail. We all sin. That is why we needed Jesus to die on the cross in the first place. But don’t you believe for one second that because you made a mistake that God’s promises no longer apply to you. When you sin, take it the cross, repent, meaning that you turn away from it, and move on. Spend more time memorizing scriptures that will help you stand up to temptation, but don’t stop moving forward in your walk. God’s promises are for me, you, and every other person that is following Him. His plans for you are good (Jeremiah 29:11), He loves you unconditionally (John 3:16, 1 John 4:16, Romans 5:8), He created you and He does not make any mistakes (if you don’t believe me, please check out “Self-Esteem – Part 3”).
Learning to trust God takes time, effort, and a stubborn determination of will. However, that doesn’t mean it is impossible. When you start to understand who God is, all He’s done for you, and how He feels about you it becomes much easier to willingly put your life into His hands. That cannot start to happen unless you start taking time to get to know your Creator by spending time with Him, reading His word, and praying.
In the next post, we will be discussing what it means to listen for God’s small, still voice. In every healthy relationship there has to be a lot of listening going on.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You that You are extremely trustworthy. Please help us not to listen to our wicked hearts. Please help us to understand that Your promises are for us and that we only need to fear You, in order to gain true wisdom and understanding. Nothing else in this life can offer us that, so thank You, Lord! Please help my sisters and I to get closer to You every single day. May we glorify You with every thought, word, choice, and action. In Jesus name, Amen.
Thanks for joining me today and I pray that these words, verses, and confessions have blessed you and encouraged you in your walk with God.