LG #3: Is God Trustworthy?
Passage: Hebrews 11:1-16, 39-40
Faith is confidence or trust in a person or thing. We practice faith every day - crossing the street, going to the dentist, getting your hair cut. You trust that the car will stop at the red light, the dentist will pull out the right tooth and the hairdresser will make your hair look good. Is it by blind faith you do these things? We know that the driver, dentist and hairdresser have licenses that show/prove that they are qualified and understand their responsibilities.
Is God trustworthy? How will you find the answers to this question? Have you been relying on third person accounts of who He is? A relationship with someone through a third person can only go so far. How much trust can be invested in someone you don’t know personally?
This passage lists people who practiced faith in God. The first verse defines faith for us as “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see”. The men we read about were able to move, act and make decisions BY FAITH because they knew exactly who God was in their lives. God loves us the same and created us to live abundantly in joy, peace, love, etc. but many people are not experiencing this kind of full and meaningful life … why is that? Because: 1. We don’t understand who God is, 2. We don’t embrace God for who He is, 3. We don’t focus on who God is.
It’s difficult to lay down something you value, especially your life, into the hands of someone you don’t know. If you don’t know them, you obviously can’t trust them. In order to trust someone, you need to get to know them and spend time with them. Do you really know God for all of who He is? Are you seeking to find Him? Check out this video: Awareness Test - just as the tagline reads, “It’s easy to miss something you’re not looking for”. Let’s seek God for ourselves, find Him for ourselves and experience a deeper love relationship that He desires for us.