1 John 4:17-18 says (NLV) . . .
ďAnd as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid . . . Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.Ē
What is the opposite of trust? I think it is fear. . .
When Iím afraid, when I take my eyes off of Jesus and put them on my circumstances or on myself Ė I have now given fear the power to overwhelm me and my trust recedes into the distance.
How do I trust? I think it is by getting to know this God that died for me. . .
If I donít know Him, his character Ė that He is intrinsically good. How can I trust Him?
As I write this, I know that this is Truth and am reminded of how much I have failed to Trust. I say I trust God but tend to find myself living in a world of fear and worry. And then the worry and fear lead to anger and control. Because I think that if I can control things, everything will be okay. It is such a vicious cycle Ė and one that I struggled to break free from until I began to realize what I was actually doing and saying about God by my actions and words.
When I worry, (if Iím going to be truthful) I am really saying ďGod, you donít know what is best for me but I DO! I donít think I can trust You to handle this Ė so Iíll handle it!Ē
What I have actually been saying by living in the world of worry and fear is, ďGod I believe and trust that you can save me from my sins (which Jesus pointed out wasnít any different from healing the sick or raising the dead) but even though I know You are the God who created everything, that has power over life and death and then came to earth to die for me Ė I canít trust you with the everyday things of my life. I canít trust You in the living out of my faith. That sounds absurd when you put it on paper but that was what I was saying every time I took matters into my own hands, every time I worried, every time I doubted and every time I did not TRUST Him.
ďLove casts out fear. . .Ē Thatís what the Bible says and itís true, do I believe it? If I know and comprehend this crazy love that God has for me Ė there is no room for doubt or fear or worry.
Lord, You are TRUSTworthy! I can place my worry, fear and doubt on You. Itís a burden I no longer have to carry because You never intended me to carry it in the first place. You love me. You died for me. You sent your only Son so that I could know You!