Trusting others can be a difficult thing to do. In fact, many of you and myself have probably learned that a lot of times when we put our trust in others, they can often times let us down. For whatever reason, I put my trust in Kentucky football every year that they are going to not break my heart and every year they almost always break my heart. Yet, year in year out, I continue to put my trust in them, just like each year I continue to put my trust in others even when they don’t always follow through.
But that is what makes the gospel so wonderful, because it shares with us someone that we can always put our trust in and never be let down. One of my favorite verses, is found in Paul’s letter in Romans 1:17:
17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last,[a] just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.
I love that verse, in my notes I have gathered over the years from various commentaries, I have written.
This good news tells us that God makes us ready for Heaven, makes us right in God’s sight, when we put our faith and trust in Christ to save us.
That is the power of the Gospel, it has the power to save us, obviously for those of us who have experienced life through the Gospel we must tell others about it like I am right now but at the end of the day for those who have or will, it all comes down to will you put your faith and trust in Jesus.
Don’t you see that in the passage, Faith and Trust in Christ. Putting our faith and trust in Christ is a necessary step for all followers of Christ and I understand sometimes that is hard to do but ultimately we can have faith and trust in Jesus because unlike the world he won’t disappoint us. I want to demonstrate what that looks like with you through this awesome Object lesson.
That’s called trust and sometimes we are put in situations where we don’t necessarily want to do what God has called us to do and we don’t trust that it will be okay. Yet God calls us to trust him, just like he called Gideon to lead his army even when he felt like the number of the enemy was too great, God called him to trust him. Even when Moses said I can’t lead your people, I have a speech impediment and don’t feel comfortable speaking in front of others, God called him to trust him. In the same way, God calls you to trust him.
While we all know this, it’s the process that we don’t necessarily like. Because oftentimes that trust, that faith in order to be built takes us going through difficult seasons to grow. Let me put it this way, if I trust VeLora, but say Tony and Jeremy aren’t here and I need her to run the video and screen upstairs. Now I may trust her to do that but since she’s never done it, I may be a little anxious and checking on her during the service. But say she filled in a couple of times when I needed her and we got through the service together, I’m probably going to have more faith and trust that she has it handled.
In the same way, when we go through difficult seasons, God is working amongst us to build up our faith and trust in him. When you hit the seasons where you are saying, Lord I don’t know how I’m going to get through this, that is a big faith builder because when he gets you through that season, the next season you will be reminded of what he has done. But the truth is, we don’t like the process, nobody likes going through the struggles that are necessary in maturing and growing in the Lord. But it is necessary!!!
As John Calipari tells us every year with our basketball team, trust the process. We as followers must trust the process in the growing of our faith.
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.