Faith untested is faith unknown, and it is during such tests that the level of a believer’s trust becomes so important.
Jesus has all power in Heaven and in earth, so He also has power over every trouble, trial, and sickness. Consequently, just because a man or woman can’t see Him moving, that doesn’t mean His power has weakened or that His will is not being fulfilled. Yet some believers battle such doubts, which causes them to become disillusioned and their faith to suffer. In such instances what is being forgotten is the fact that Jesus isn’t as interested in delivering a believer from their trail as He is in using their trial to mature (perfect) them into His image.
Since Jesus is our example, we would do well to remember that “learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him” (Hebrews 5:8-9). This doesn’t mean Jesus was not obedient or perfect before, but rather that His suffering prepared Him to better connect with those He serves (see Hebrews 4:15). Similarly, the day a man or woman is Born Again in Jesus’ name, they are made perfect in Christ (Hebrews 10:1-14). However, from that day on they are to “grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” to more perfectly act as the Body of Christ (see 2 Peter 3:18; Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Corinthians 6:15-20).
Jesus told His followers to expect the same type hardships He faced, so it’s little wonder why Paul told the Church to stand firm in their faith and reminded them that many hardships and tribulations accompany entering the kingdom of God (see John 15:20; Act 14:22). As a result, a believer’s faith cannot rely on what is seen, but instead must be based on the trust that Jesus is in control of all things at all times. Such trust will guard a believer’s mind and heart regardless the situation, thus giving them a peace that passes understanding (see Philippians 4:7).
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One Reply to “Faith and Trust”
Good article Bro. Tom – just what I needed at this time!
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