Friday, November 06, 2009


Reason to Trust

Rebecca wrote about God's omnipotence:
That God is omnipotent means that he has the power to execute his will. When Psalm 115 tells us that God does whatever he pleases it is telling us that God is omnipotent. So, too, when Paul tell us in Ephesians 1 that God works all things after the counsel of His will. What God decides to do comes about with certainty because he has the power to accomplish whatever he wills.
And she concludes the piece this way:
The limitlessness of God’s power is one more reason for us to trust in him.
I had to stop and take a deep breath after that concluding sentence. We work so hard to try and learn about God, but we often let that knowledge of Him stand in the way of our trusting Him. We rely, at best, on our understanding of God, but not of God Himself. We make God an object, not a being.

All during the presidential campaign of 2008, I heard person after person talk about how Mormon worship a "different Jesus" than we do. That absolutely made my heart hurt. I think everybody still thinks it is because I wanted Mitt Romney to win the nomination, but nothing could be further from the truth. I hurt becasue people who say things like that know about Jesus, but they do not know Jesus personally. How can their be a "different" Jesus?

We all have different aspects to our personality and we all behave in different ways in different situations. New stresses cause new revelations about ourselves, and to those around us. Love,as my dear wife has taught me, adapts to those new revelations, because the love is of the person, the being, not of what we know about the person or being.

Somehow, we need to learn to turn our knowledge about God into trust, and love. That's the hard part. Knowledge is easy to obtain - and often wrong by the way. Love and trust is so hard to come by.

And yet, everything you know of God tells you He has earned that love and trust. My prayer for you is that you will not let your knowledge stand in the way of the trust and love, and I ask that you pray for me in the same way.

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