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Many thoughts are inspired from a devo I’m reading, as well as my women’s Bible study. See Margaret Feinberg’s devotional, “Flourish” if you want to read along. Today: Week 6, How To Grow In Trust. )
Isn’t it funny how you can learn a lesson many times throughout your life, yet somehow a lesson will pop up for the 1000th time, and it’s like you are truly hearing it for the 1st time?
I have been a Christian since I was 6 years old. That means that there came a point in my life, where I understood, believed, and acknowledged through prayer, that God sent his son, Jesus Christ, who died on the cross to save me from my sin. I remember it like it was yesterday, sitting in bed, asking my mom how to do this thing. I wanted Him so badly, even at 6. I breathed a prayer asking for forgiveness, and told God that I loved him and wanted a relationship with him. Through grace alone I was saved that day.
I was raised in the church. Literally since conception. I have been hearing some lessons for 33 years straight. In some ways that is wonderful, but in some ways I think you stop digging deeper into those same ‘ol lessons. However, for the past few years I have been praying that God would give me a fresh look into his word, and this week was no exception!
In this week’s devotional, Feinberg dives deep into trust. Almost all of us have trust issues in some form or fashion. Maybe you’ve been hurt deeply by friends, family, or have gone through great loss and it’s hard to understand why. Trust can be hard. I get it.
The good news is, God can do great things with even the littlest amount of trust. “For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 ESV.
She goes on to tell about a centurion (middle ranking soldier) mentioned in Luke 7. He was a firm believer that Jesus was the son of God, and could heal an ill servant that he treasured. Now, don’t think of American servant/slave history. In Biblical times most servants were treated exceptionally well and were not slaves in the sense that we think of them. They usually had good jobs. Some were doctors or other professions that are held in high esteem. They had housing and many freedoms, yet no pay. However, after they served a certain amount of time, they were free to move on to other things.
So when the Bible says “servants, obey your masters” … most of the time, we are not talking about whips and ownership. In fact, the real term should be Bondservant.
Anyways! I got way off track!
The centurion showed incredible humility. He did not feel worthy enough to come in Jesus’ presence and sent his people on his behalf. He told them to simply ask Jesus to “say the word, and my servant will be healed”. That’s it! He believed that Jesus’ word alone could heal! Such a simple action showed his great faith and incredible trust.
When they returned, the ill servant was already on the mend. To quote Feinberg, “Trust requires being humble enough to realize you can’t solve your problems. Only God can. Trust requires being faithful enough to believe God is willing to work on your behalf and proactive enough to ask him to intervene.” pg 35.
The bottom line is that we don’t have to be anything special. I mean that to be a sense of relief. The pressure is not on us, it never has been. We are not the special ones here, He is. Yet, we are all incredibly special, incredibly significant, and immeasurably treasured in his eyes. He wants us just as we are. With a little faith and a little trust, he will work on our behalf, even if our faith isn’t even quite as large as a mustard seed.
Maybe your faith and trust is like dust in the wind. But he’s got you.
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