I asked this question two weeks ago in the beginning of our sermon series on building big faith: Can you imagine if you had the kind of faith that no matter what happened to you, you knew that God would see you through? The kind of faith that even if you were facing huge obstacles and challenges you could say “I don’t know why I am facing this but God is good and I will trust Him?” That’s the kind of faith God wants us to have.
Our problems as humans began when we lost our trust in whether God had our best interests in God’s own heart. When the serpent said to Eve, “Did God really say that,” she began to question whether or not God was trustworthy. What if God didn’t want them to eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil because he wanted to keep them both from something that might be beneficial to them? Could God be trusted?
For us, the problem we face in the same. Have you ever struggled through something and thought “why is God doing this or allowing it? Is God aware? Does God care?” When we struggle that way, we are really questioning whether or not God can be trusted. The entire Bible is full of story after story of God telling His people to trust Him. But over and over God’s people struggle with this trust issue.
Can you imagine the fear and anxiety in the hearts of the disciples on the day of Jesus’ crucifixion? What was God doing? What would happen to them? Can God be trusted?
I encourage you to come this weekend as our series continues. God continues to reach deeply into the hearts of all at COTHA as we transition from being, as I said last Sunday, a church with people who are willing to admit to struggles and to seek help to a church of people with big faith, able to say even in the midst of the most difficult challenges, “God is a good God, and He will see me through. I may not understand why these things happen but I know that God can be trusted and will use these challenges for His glory and my good.”