Mark 14:36: “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
I have spoken at length of the truth that God is in charge. It is a fact, God created it all, He runs the show. He also created us in his image (Genesis 1:27) and gave us free will; the ability to choose for ourselves what to do with the gifts that He has given us. Because of the freedom granted us, we can even choose to accept him or not. God’s world is not a dictatorship, not at all. God’s world is based on His love for us. Love manifested in His only Son. God’s gift to humanity for the forgiveness of sin that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).
All believers and unbelievers as well (that’s another study) know these things to be true. If that is the case, the question becomes, why is it so hard to trust Him with everything we have? Why is it difficult, at times, almost impossible to let go and let God? The answer is one that will make some uncomfortable. The answer is sin. The world is a broken sinful place filled with broken sinful people Genesis 3:6: 6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. At that moment, sin and death were ushered into the world. At that moment there was a gulf between God and man; making communion with God impossible without the life-giving blood of Jesus. Even after accepting Jesus into our lives, while communion with God is not impossible any longer it is still difficult because we humans are sinful imperfect beings.
Trusting God is a learned behavior to a point. we learn to trust Him based on our experience. As God fulfills His promises in our lives our testimony is built. our testimony; the story of God in our lives, reflects His work in us and therefore our trust in Him.
More so than any learned behavior or response, we trust through faith. Faith in God, faith that He is with us through all things. Faith is not something one can learn faith is a gift from God. Ephesians: 2:8: For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. Through faith and experience are born obedience. Sometimes trusting God comes down to simply doing what we are told even when it does not make sense or it’s hard, or uncomfortable.
What does that look like? Jesus models it for us in the garden the night of his arrest. Jesus comes to the father in a very personal way, “Abba.”in the Hebrew is a personal salutation for father. It is the name a child calls their father ie. daddy or papa. Then, He gives God the glory, “Everything is possible for you.” Then He makes the petition. “Take this cup from me.” Then submission, “Yet not what I will but, what you will.
So many times as believers trusting God boils down to what we get out of that trust. We look to God as a great gift giver. We take for granted the amazing grace and mercy that He showers on us every minute of our lives and forget that He is sovereign: the creator and sustainer of the universe. When trusting God, we often forget that all things happen for His glory.
This is why trusting God with everything we have is so difficult. We become attached to things; become preoccupied with stuff and how to hold on to it. When in reality, the kind of trust that Jesus wants stems from a heart knowledge of James 1:17: Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. Everything we have that is worth keeping came from the Lord! That being the case we should do two things: first, treat everything as a gift from God honoring it as unto the Lord and second, don’t become so attached to the gifts you have been given that you place its value over the sovereignty and Lordship of Jesus over your life.In the final analysis, In order to completely trust God in all things we must first give everything we have: our homes, our jobs, our stuff even our families, our spouses, our kids and our very lives to God. In doing that we are set free from worry and made available to be used for God’s purpose in our lives.
“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”