I encourage you to overcome disbelief by trusting in God
Trusting can be a complex process, usually because of past relationship failures. Trust is a sophisticated mechanism bringing both comforting assurance and awareness of caution when needed. It ideally works hand in hand with conscience, forming a powerful component of who we are.
However, as with all matters of the heart, trust can be deceived and damaged. It can become so abused that it ceases to operate correctly. Damaged trust can be a difficult thing to recover from, often leaving scars with debilitating effects.
Trust by nature is vulnerable, meaning it has softness permitting misinformation which in turn may mislead, particularly when done by those less reputable. As such, trust functions at both the conscious and unconscious levels, being both spontaneous and thought through.
Damaged, yet trusting
When it comes to trusting God, it’s sometimes challenged by those who are untrusting by nature, or have never recognised God’s trustworthiness. Some people only view mankind’s bad behaviour from a human perspective which leads them to misinterpret, then transfer blame for those bad experiences to God accompanied by mistrust.
It’s all too easy to forget the Lord’s intrinsic nature, “for there is no injustice with the LORD our God, or partiality or taking bribes” (2 Chronicles 19:7). In other words, God is nothing like us! He is holy to such a degree that we can’t even imagine the extent of His infinite perfections.
When referring to the Jewish nation, the apostle Paul questioned; “What if some were unfaithful? Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? By no means!” (Romans 3:3-4a). Paul’s point is simple; just because people are faithless and therefore do and believe wrong things, does not make God like them. Nor does mankind’s disbelief in God actually change God’s character. God is God! In spite of what people say about Him, God remains eternally present and utterly holy.
Our wisest choice
For our part, we’re wise if we say like Moses, who told the nation of Israel; “I will proclaim the name of the LORD; ascribe greatness to our God! “The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is He” (Deuteronomy 32:3-4).
My friend, regardless of your past, in spite of life’s anxieties, no matter how many years you have held your present beliefs; God, through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ is worthy of your absolute and unreserved trust. This trusting must Begin with your need to be spiritually born again (John 3:3).
Job, though once extravagantly wealthy, and having lost everything within 24 hours, summarises faith and trust well. He said that those who disbelieve in God should “not trust in emptiness, deceiving himself, for emptiness will be his payment” (Job 15:31). In other words, if you believe in nothing, nothing will be your reward for eternity. “God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him (Jesus) is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God” (John 3:17-18).
Choosing to believe in nothing only seals your fate in the cement of eternal judgement under a Holy God. Whereas “those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you” (Psalm 9:10). Reach out to the Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness; He will fully pardon you of all sin. Confess that He died the death that you should have died for your sins on the cross 2000 years ago. He will never disappoint. He will never fail you. He will be your trust and security for all eternity.
Together for Christ: Lincoln Forlong www.bbf.net.nz