Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator
This weekend we wrestled with the question, “Do you trust God?”
Looking at Abram, later called Abraham, we see an incredible example of trust in God. Abraham is promised by God that he would be the father of many nations. One slight problem: Abraham is seventy-five, his wife is sixty-five, they have zero children, and they are far past childbearing age. But Abraham has faith. Finally, twenty five years later, God fulfills his promise and gives Abraham and Sarah a son.
But wait, there’s more: A few years later, God asks Abraham for a sacrifice. God asks for Abraham’s only son Isaac, even though God had said that it was through Isaac that His promise would be fulfilled. Abraham trusts God despite the bizarre request, making his way up mount Moriah with his son. Abraham raises the knife to carry out the sacrifice when God stops him. Abraham passed the test – he trusted God in a very real way!
Along with this story, Cal made five statements about trust that we can all take to the bank.
- When you do not trust God, you will not take risks for Him.
- Fear destroys trust in God.
- When you trust God, you lose your fear of sacrifice.
- If you know God, you will trust him.
- You’ll only find peace when you come to trust God.
We need to give God our complete trust, because partial trust is simply mistrust. Any areas of our life in which we don’t trust God will be marked by two things: fear and unrest. This begs the question, do you totally trust God or are you still holding back?
Verses and quotes from the message:
Hebrews 11:8; Romans 4:18-22; Genesis 21:1-7; Genesis 22:1-18; Hebrews 11:17-19; Proverbs 3:5-6; Philippians 4:6-7; John 16:33
“Faith is unutterable trust in God, trust which never dreams that He will not stand by us.” Oswald Chambers
Big Idea: Partial trust is simply mistrust.
Your Love Never Fails – Anthony Skinner
My Heart is Yours – Kristian Stanfill
Trust & Obey – Public Domain
Be Thou My Vision – Public Domain
Good Good Father – Pat Barrett