Monday, August 11, 2008

Trusting God

Our culture has set us up to be people who work our whole lives in order to get to a place where we do not have to trust or depend on anyone. In fact for most of us (myself included) simply living in America has kept us from understanding what it really means to trust God. Don't get me wrong I think it is great that we get to experience the blessing of the prosperity of our country.

The problem is that as a result we have become spoiled (again, myself included). Therefore when we experience a small trial or the need to step out by faith into the realm of the unknown, we struggle. It's as if we are stretched to the limit and we wonder how we will ever make it.

Now in no way do I want to minimize our struggles, but rather help us put them in perspective. We tend to forget that there are people in this world who genuinely don't know if they will have food to eat the next day. There are those who have seen friends and loved ones maimed and even killed for the same faith that we have the freedom to enjoy publicly day in and day out. Some of these people treasure mere pages of the Bible because it is nearly impossible to own a Bible in their countries.

Do we really know what it means to trust God?

I dare you to do the following:

Go to this link and try this simple one question test:

Then pray this prayer found in Proverbs...

Proverbs 30:7-9
"Two things I ask of you, O LORD; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, 'Who is the LORD?' Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.

Surprised by your ranking? Scared to pray the prayer?

Me too...

God help us to trust you more as we learn what it means to give ourselves away just as you did for each of us.