The new you… a true belief; part 2
“Your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask Him!” (Matthew 6:8)
We have been looking into what God means when the Bible talks about believing…
Yesterday, we saw that true belief was centered in the Person of Jesus – not the facts about Him. We also talked about the infinite value of knowing Jesus – and how a relationship with Him is worth more than whatever we might lose to gain Him. Until we value Jesus more than the things of this world, we will always struggle to have a true, God-honoring, faith.
That is just the cold, hard truth… And why our thinking must change – to experience the fullness of what God offers us so abundantly, and freely!
2) True belief is resting in God’s care. One of the most prevalent mistakes for Christians is the incorrect practice of our belief. Most common, is the notion that we have to work up, or exercise, our faith. This leads to the conclusion that unless you have “enough faith,” you are not going to get God’s attention. The thinking goes: “If you are not getting the answers that you want, when you pray – you need to get more faith. If you want something from God, you have to get serious about exercising your faith.”
Sometimes we get the picture that practicing our faith is like a body-builder. If you want strong faith you have to work it, and work it, and work it some more. But here’s the problem with that… If our faith is based upon our “work,” then God’s answers are a matter of giving us what we have earned, and deserved. It’s like there is a huge “faith-o-meter” in heaven, and all God’s responses to us have to make it to a certain level on that meter. We need to be clear… This is not God’s way!
(Just a note: anytime human effort is central to the equation, the end result is probably not God.)
Let me give you another picture, that represents true faith. Have you ever seen anyone do a “trust fall?” For those of you who don’t know, this is when someone (usually, from an elevated position) falls backwards, and trusts the other people, in the group, to catch him. The person falling, is completely at the mercy of those who have pledged to catch him. This is true belief – it is an action of simple surrender, based upon the conclusion that the ones catching him are true to their word. True belief is resting in, and surrendering to, the promise!
This is how it is with God. We do not have to tirelessly “work up” or “exercise” our faith (to the point of our exhaustion). God knows what we need. And what is more, He has promised to take care of us – completely (read Matthew 6:25-33!). And when we seek Him out, we need simply ask – and then, trust Him, as we fall back into His caring arms.
A very real God is waiting to catch us in the faithfulness of His promises.
Prayer focus: God, help me to see You as real, in my life – and to trust You with all that I am.