God calls us to have childlike faith and trust in Him. But what does that look like?
The other day I was talking to my son and he just wasn’t trusting me. I looked him in the eye and said, “Dude, all you have to do is listen to me, obey me and follow my lead. Trust that it will be OK. I’ve got you.” But he just wasn’t doing it.
I was stopped in my tracks.
This is what I constantly do with the Lord. So often He’s saying, “Chris, just trust Me and know that I have your best interest in mind. The things that you’re stressing about are so minor from my viewpoint. Just trust Me.”
“OK, God. I get what You’re showing me.”
Why is it that when it comes to trusting God, I so often have a perspective similar to my 7-year-old son’s?
Our sin nature shows up right away and continues to pop up in our lives. Recently, I received a call from my 5-year-old son’s teacher, who let me know that my son wasn’t listening to her. I chose to go to the school to pick him up and address the situation. He wasn’t very repentful when I got there, and didn’t want to talk about why he was acting up. Thankfully, it became a good teaching moment as we talked about asking for forgiveness from God and others.
My son was trying to hide his sin from his father. He didn’t want to admit that what he was doing was wrong. I do that all the time … don’t we all? We are too prideful or embarrassed to acknowledge our sin before God, so we try to hide it. We try to cover up our sin or dismiss it without viewing it with the severity we should. As I walked through this situation with my son, I was able to see his heart soften and he finally went back to his teacher to apologize and give her a hug.
I’m prompted to ask myself, “What are the ways I’m not asking forgiveness from God as I should?”
My son didn’t understand just how much grace and love his teacher and I were giving him. He deserved to be punished for his disobedience. Similarly, God often does not give us what we deserve; instead, He gives us an endless amount of grace and forgiveness. Regardless of what we do, He loves us and gently draws us back to Him. He’s coming for us, saying, “Come to Me and know that I have your back.”
By having the proper view of God and by being in His Word to hear His truth, we can begin to grasp His character. When we know God, we can trust who He is and what He says is true. By the renewing of my mind, I pray that I’m able to be humble before Him and take Him at His Word. I’m choosing to place my trust in my Father.
“Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.” — Ephesians 3:17-19
— Chris Maragos, NFL safety
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