About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
Trusting Through Trials
Our western world's
"I want it all and I want it right now" cultural attitude
infects western Christendom more than most realize.
In many respects the western church is no different from first
century Judaism that was so far removed from God's will that it did not
realize it was out of His will. It
had no clue how far it had strayed from God because it disregarded the
word of the Lord.
This "I want
it all right now" attitude has penetrated Biblical theology by the
heretical intrusion of an ultra faith prosperity teaching that is more
hedonistic than Biblical. "Name
it and claim it" as it is sometimes called is more of an expression
of a worldly arrogance than Biblical humility.
The "we are kids of the King" mentality that insists that
"we deserve it all right now" is simply unbiblical.
If you are a kid of
the king then you are His servant and subject to His will.
Jesus does not bow to you but you to Hm.
Included in His will is that you trust Him more than you presently
do. 1 Peter 1:3 - 7 explains
how this works. God "has
given us a new birth into a living hope ... an inheritance that can never
perish ... kept in heaven for you ... In this you rejoice, though now for
a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials ...
These have come so that your faith (trust) ... may be proved
I know the
circumstance for Peter's admonition. His
readers were suffering intense persecution for their association with
Jesus. They certainly were not
living the good life as we would call it today.
The phrase "suffer grief in all kinds of trials" makes
that clear. Still, Peter's
admonition is relevant. If we
claim to trust Jesus our trust will be tested through trials.
At this point many get confused, disappointed, discouraged, and
even angry. They wonder where
the blessings are that were promised by preachers of prosperity.
The words "hope" and "inheritance" in Peter's admonition suggest a future expectation of blessings that are not presently possessed. In other words, we don't get it all right now. What we do get right now are some trials that test our trust in Jesus. Of course, we also get Jesus to help us walk through the trials. If we don't get angry and walk away but allow Jesus to guide us through the trials we will have learned how to trust Him more than we presently do.
Hebrews 6:13 states
that it's through trust and patience that we inherit what has been
promised. The words
"trust" and "patience" suggest that it takes time to
see God's promises realized in our lives.
There's no way around it. We
don't get it all right now at a snap of the fingers, no matter how holy
your fingers may be. It's
through patient faithfulness to the Lord Jesus in the midst of the trials
where we learn to trust Him more than we presently do.
is a process that began with God's first promise in Genesis 3:16 and ends
with the creation of the new heavens and new earth in Revelation 21.
Until the last salvation promise is realized we bow down to the
will of our Lord through every tough time of life.
As hard as it may seem, trusting through trials is God's will.