TRUSTING GOD IS THE PATH TO PLEASING HIM
Text: Heb 11:1-6, Gen 22:1-8 (Amp)
In the last few weeks, the Lord has been reminding his church in different dimension what it takes and what it means to be the Lord’s venison. I believe the word has met a fertile ground in our hearts, with a reward of obedience awaiting us in Jesus name. Question: Do you seek to PLEASE God or simply TRUST Him? Many would say they desire to do both, but if you had to choose one or the other, which would it be?
On deep reflection, it becomes clearer that, if you TRUST God, enough, obedience is a short ramp to get over into PLEASING him. Merriam-webster.com defines trust as “firm belief in the integrity, ability, effectiveness, or genuineness of someone or something”. In Gen 22:1-8 (Amp), all Abraham did was trust that “God will provide for Himself a lamb for the burnt offering.” The result of that trust was a life that was and is a venison on to the Lord, Vs 16-19. Trusting God is ultimately a choice to trust Him or not, believe in Him or not.
What Happens to a heart that has or is failing in trusting and drifting from pleasing God? (a) No longer heaven focused – other things other than heaven become our focus. It is interesting to consider that when David was about to die, he prepares to build God’s temple (1 Chr 22). Beloved, what is currently your focus? (b) Filled with Anxiety and Haste – When we are not trusting God and instead operating in our own wisdom and strength. We will typically feel anxious and rushed. This is not God’s plan for his people. The bible tells us to not be afraid and to be anxious for nothing (Is 41:10, 2 Tim 1:7, Phil 4:6). (c) Easily misled / engaged in deception – We are no longer hearing or led by God’s word, the result can often be fatal.
Is there a recovery plan to getting on the path to pleasing him? (a) Do not Resist God’s Plan – even when it is obvious you do not understand it. Abraham had a choice as we saw in Gen 22:1-8. It is never a good idea to resist God’s plan, it always ends badly. Ask Pharaoh and his hosts (Exodus 14:15-28) (b) Approach his throne room – Heb 4:16 Scripture never makes it seem like life is all roses and no battles! Christ fully acknowledges that there are times when life just plain stinks Jn 16:33. When we are struggling with trusting God, he invites us to run to him for sustaining grace. (c) Remember God is dependable – Lam 3:21- How do I grow in trusting God? By actively calling to mind God’s faithful, steadfast character. (d) Pray – Phil 4:5-6 Ultimately, trusting God is only possible through the power of the Holy Spirit. Even if we know all the truths above, the Holy Spirit must empower us to take hold of them by faith.
Beloved, as you go through the rest of your work week, my prayer is that the WORD will be in your thoughts, heart, mouth and evident in your walk in Jesus name. Have great week ahead.
Pastor Tayo Ojo