Tell me something. Do you believe in God?
I am sure, if you are here, your answer is surely a resounding, “YES”.
However, I challenge you. Think about it. Think hard. Think deep.
How much do you REALLY believe in Him?
When things start going sour, are you upset?
When something unexpected comes up, are you praying for it to be moved quickly?
When your plans fall through, are you asking why?
I do. I’m the WORST. I am constantly having my “human moment” of tears and anger, before I calm myself down, and have a conversation with God. (Note: calm MYSELF down)
The last couple weeks have been convicting. I have found that I have placed God in this tiny box of my expectations. And that is where I expected Him to stay.
Read that again, you read it right. Where I expected HIM to stay. If things went the way I wanted them too, God was good. If things did not go the way I wanted, then something was wrong, and I must be being punished for something.
Though I talked about God’s plan being good, and is timing being right, I did not really TRUST His plan or His timing.
And that’s the difference.
Belief vs. Trust.
Believe (per dictionary.com): to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something.
Trust (per dictionary.com): confident expectation of something.
Believing in God as a being is only half the question. Do you believe in the parts of the Bible where it says He is all knowing? Always present? All powerful? Do we, in other words, TRUST His words?
In the third chapter of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were thrown into the fiery furnace, bound and fully clothed, that was heated to seven times its normal temperature, all because they refused to worship the gods of the King. The men that threw them in actually died as a result of the heat that was being omitted from the opening. However, when the king looked in, he saw that there were FOUR men, which were unbound and walking around. He called them forth from the fire.
And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors, being gathered together, saw that these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, not was the hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them. Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered His servants that trusted in Him. Daniel 3:27-28
Had they only believed that He existed, but not trusted in the power He held, the results would have been very different.
And because of their trust, the fire had no power! They did not even SMELL of smoke!
It is the same for us today. We’re going to face fires in this world, whether it be unmet personal expectations or burdens that feel like they weigh a ton. They have no power over us when we trust in His power. We’re under the same protection that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were under.
God does not change. This world is not so different either. The King has his gods that he expected the people of his kingdom to worship. Today’s world had their gods too. Social media, beauty regimes, celebrities, crystals, loose morals, and more. And they expect all of these things to be put before the one true God. They expect God to fit in around everything else.
We need to stand firm like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, no matter the consequences, because we have the belief and the trust in our Lord that He will not forsake us.
And through that, we can show others the amazing power they’re missing out on!
So, reevaluate where you stand. Where does your belief stand? I’ve got some moving up to do!