Rust or Trust
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Rust or Trust
by Dan Langerock
Rust is the gradual breakdown of metal through oxidation. Over time, the rust will weaken whatever the structure is and bring it to ruin. Trust in God is a gradual upgrading of your belief that God loves you and wants to help you with all areas of your life. As you grow spiritually, you gain experience watching God work in your life through all the trials and upsets that come your way.
When we refuse to trust God for whatever reason, we put the load on our own shoulders to solve the problems that confront us each day. The Bible says, "Cast all your care upon Me, because I care about you." I Peter 5:7 We must choose each day whether we will trust God or ourselves with each new onslaught of problems.
Another aspect of trust is when we seem to have a lot of faith for one type of situation but are lacking in faith in another area. This is one of the puzzling aspects of faith, a mystery. We must build up our faith by watching God work and seeing that He cares for us, and not out to get us. Yet, even with the evidence showing, we sometimes still don't believe when we should.
When we choose not to trust God, our life gradually goes downhill. We have no resource with this stance, because we are relying only on ourselves. That's a scary place to be. It would be like having an emergency situation but there is no phone or no one to call for help, only worse.
Rust happens to us spiritually sometimes on purpose but others by neglect. We know what we need to do to stay close to God, yet we let busyness and other things take priority over this important item. Some people outright don't want anything to do with God, and thereby choose to remain away from His care. I hope you are not one of these.
Another scene would be someone who has been hurt and never set foot in a church again because of it. This one happens a lot. But the trouble is, this person is only short-changing themselves--for eternity. We are each responsible for our spiritual welfare and by cutting off your spiritual nourishment, you are starving yourself
Hypocrites are a reason people give sometimes for not being close to God. But if you use this for an excuse, then you can't go to the movies, grocery store or anywhere else because hypocrites go to these places also. The longer you stay away from fellowship with God and others the more hard you become spiritually with bitterness and resentment until physical symptoms start appearing in your body because of your attitude. Is this what you want for your life from now on?
These reasons and many more cause us to deteriorate spiritually and rob us of what God has for us. He has so many good things for us, but when we allow the enemy to short-circuit our spiritual growth in this manner, we lose in a big way. What do you want to take place in your life? Do you want to keep deteriorating with rust or build up your life with trust in God. The choice is totally up to you, and God must abide by your decision for eternity if you don't change your mind in time and death ensues. I hope you will seek to trust God more and more so your life can be full of blessings and not bitterness, resentment---and rust.
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I really enjoyed your writing style and the message was well received. Thank you for this important message! Cherie
I love the recent comparisons I have been reading here - rust or trust - shine or whine...powerful images..You have made a challenging yet encouraging point well - thank you.