I have been sick over the past week or so. In fact, I was unable to upload a blog post for the weekend of January 25/26. I will spare you the details. While sickness is no fun, there are a lot of silver linings to illness. One of them is that you learn. I have learned a lot about God, my friends, and myself. There is much that I could discuss. But I want to focus on one very important thing that sickness helps us understand better – the idea of trust.
Do we really trust God? We have built many very impressive modern systems which make modern life possible. Most of them work so well that we completely take them for granted. Our electrical grid, our home-heating systems, our sewer systems, and our plumbing are just some systems that make modern life possible. Of course, we have many digital systems of control built over our lives, too. Every cell phone ties its user into the world wide web. We have elaborate financial systems, systems of law, systems of education, medical systems, and so on. Many make a living serving these systems and helping to make them work.
These systems are all well thought out and well planned for a reason. We need them! Or at least, we do not want to live without them. We have chosen to put our trust in them. They have grown in technology and sophistication with each passing generation. But what about God? Don’t we need God? When we look at God’s systems – His Scriptures, His Church, prayer, charity, we tend to let those things slide. Statistics continue to show that people are squeezing God out of their time. Other concerns now fill the time that was once filled by God.
This is a great mistake, for God should not receive our “leftovers”. God is not a disposable thing – something that I might get to are some point, like straightening the crooked pictures on the wall, or cleaning my room. God is first! Why do we not treat God as such? Maybe it is because we do not trust God. We think that God might not be there when we need Him, or that God is indifferent to what we are experiencing. God is too mysterious to be any good to us at all.
We can look no further than the example of God’s own Son for proof that God is trustworthy. Jesus went to the Cross, fully trusting in His Father’s love for Him. His Father did indeed love Him – but how could Jesus know that in the midst of His pain? Jesus even quoted Psalm 22, which says, “Why have you abandoned me?” If Jesus felt that way, we could hardly blame Him. However, Jesus kept His trust in the midst of suffering. Jesus went through the most horrible of suffering. But he never forgot His Father’s love. After 3 days, His trust in the Father was vindicated, as He rose from the Dead!
The same thing holds true for us. If we trust God, God will be faithful to us. He will show us His faithfulness! Now that’s a promise to keep! That is a hope worth having! That is something worth waiting for!