This is a continuum of “Why Trust And To What Extent Do I Trust? (I)”
From the preceding verses, it is obvious that trust is not demanded from just anyone, but from one who has a pedigree of keeping and upholding the law of God in his heart, as well as having mercy and truth always within grasp.
This means there is a level of growth and development of spiritual stature courtesy of yielding. Growth and development by yielding to the word of God over time births maturity. With this, I therefore say that ‘Trust Is Not Required Of Babes But Of The Matured.’ In my piece, “…..A Matured Man, Attaining Unto The Measure Of The Stature Of The Fullness Of Christ (I)”, “……..A Matured Man, Attaining Unto The Measure Of The Stature Of The Fullness Of Christ (II)” I dealt extensively on what maturity is.
While Believe requires Faith, and Faith requires Revelation or the breathing of God’s spirit on the words, Trust on the other hand MAY not require any of these PRIMARILY. Trust is a function of consistent walk with a senior partner who has proven him or herself over time as infallible.
See what Apostle Paul had to say: “12 that is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.”
2 Timothy 1: 12.
Paul’s knowledge here talks about an experiential knowledge, and that was what birthed confidence in God’s ability to preserve what has been given to Him.
Paul we know is neither a babe nor a suckling; he was a believer who was mature. In the piece I referenced above, maturity is properly explained.
While growing as a kid, anytime my school fees was due for payment, we would be issued tellers, all I needed do was to hand them over to my dad or mum, and my mind is in a state of rest. I trusted their capacity, ability, willingness and sense of responsibility, therefore I would be rest assured that the fees will be paid at the right time. I may not have the same level of trust and confidence in another especially if there is no relationship between us and a long history of fidelity and infallibility.
The reason why it is impossible or rather difficult for people to trust is because they do not have a revelation of what faith is, they do not have the substance that is birthed when the ‘Rhema’ word of God hits a man’ spirit and therefore cannot produce an evidence.
Courtesy of the absence of faith, there is no believe and even if any exist, it will probably fade away and become obsolete; this therefore means there is no relationship and no walk with the Spirit of Life. This walk happens to be the basis upon which trust is birthed and built, and its absence means ‘TRUSTING’ cannot be expected.
Until faith and believe come into a grand alliance over time, trusting cannot be in prospect. It will be synonymous to expecting a five year old to drive a car; which is impossible because that five year old needs firstly to grow up to the accepted driving age and learn the basics of driving. Until then, that five year old does not have the ability to perform neither the capacity to deliver the expected.Hear what the three Hebrew children had to say to the most powerful man in their day and time, “17 If the God we serve exists, then He can rescue us from the furnace of blazing fire, and He can rescue us from the power of you, the king.”
Daniel 3: 17
This statement was not made from the head, neither was it made in a bid to give the king an impression that they were fearless. There was something they knew and had with Yahweh and courtesy of that; they could say what they did to king Nebuchadnezzar.
These three alongside Daniel were captured and selected to be trained in the way of the Chaldeans according to Daniel chapter one. They refused to defile themselves with foods sacrificed to idols and choose rather to feed on. Verse thirteen and sixteen of the same chapter proofs to us that it was not only Daniel that refused the kings food, the three others were with him.
The Lord who’s statutes they upheld as required in Proverbs 3:1- 5 granted unto them wisdom and understanding and made them ten times better than their equals. You will agree with me that wisdom and understanding are not attainable where and when knowledge is absent.
Chapter two verse thirteen makes it clear that Daniel and his friends (the three Hebrew boys) were sought; this obviously was because they were different and outstanding. This is what happens when God’s values and statutes are help according to Proverbs chapter three verse one to five.
“17 Then Daniel went to his house and told his friends Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah about the matter, 18 urging them to ask the God of heaven for mercy concerning this mystery, so Daniel and his friends would not be killed with the rest of Babylon’s wise men. 19 The mystery was then revealed to Daniel in a vision at night, and Daniel praised the God of heaven 20 and declared: May the name of God be praised forever and ever, for wisdom and power belong to Him.”
Daniel 2: 17- 20
These four were like a set of quadruplets, and they increased together.
“49 At Daniel’s request, the king appointed Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to manage the province of Babylon. But Daniel remained at the king’s court.”
Daniel 2: 49
In the next chapter, the king made a stature of 90 feet high and 9 feet wide and compelled all that were under the shadow of his reign and influence to bow and worship at his instance. Recall that this man called Nebuchadnezzar was a king of kings, he governed territories and none could counter his orders, neither could anyone save his prey.
When news got to the king that the four Hebrews flaunted his orders, it was the perfect time to show how much a king he was, so in rage, he confronted them and this was their reply: “………“Nebuchadnezzar, we don’t need to give you an answer to this question. 17 If the God we serve exists, then He can rescue us from the furnace of blazing fire, and He can rescue us from the power of you, the king. 18 But even if He does not rescue us,7 we want you as king to know that we will not serve your gods or worship the gold statue you set up.” ”
Daniel 3: 16- 18
This answer came from a depth of trust in the ability of the deity whom these ones had a good relationship with and therefore knew his abilities. This was why they could call him by his name and not say ‘king.’ When there is a good relationship and knowledge of a man, then boast in that man can be made.
“19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with rage, and the expression on his face changed toward Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He gave orders to heat the furnace seven times more than was customary, 20 and he commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and throw them into the furnace of blazing fire. 21 So these men, in their trousers, robes, head coverings, and other clothes, were tied up and thrown into the furnace of blazing fire. 22 Since the king’s command was so urgent and the furnace extremely hot, the raging flames killed those men who carried Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego up. 23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego fell, bound, into the furnace of blazing fire. 24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar jumped up in alarm. He said to his advisers, “Didn’t we throw three men, bound, into the fire? ” “Yes, of course, Your Majesty,” they replied to the king. 25 He exclaimed, “Look! I see four men, not tied, walking around in the fire unharmed; and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.” 26 Nebuchadnezzar then approached the door of the furnace of blazing fire and called: “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, you servants of the * Most High God — come out! ” So Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out of the fire. 27 When the satraps, prefects, governors, and the king’s advisers gathered around, they saw that the fire had no effect on the bodies of these men: not a hair of their heads was singed, their robes were unaffected, and there was no smell of fire on them. 28 Nebuchadnezzar exclaimed, “Praise to the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego! He sent His angel and rescued His servants who trusted in Him. They violated the king’s command and risked their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. 29 Therefore I issue a decree that anyone of any people, nation, or language who says anything offensive against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego will be torn limb from limb and his house made a garbage dump. For there is no other god who is able to deliver like this.” 30 Then the king rewarded Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the province of Babylon.”
Daniel 3: 19- 30
I guess we all know the end of the story, the God whom they trusted was mighty to save and He indeed delivered them from the fire, even though those who put them into the fire were consumed.
Trust comes when knowledge births revelation and believe and there is a consistent walk and a history of faithfulness and infallibility.
One proof that a man’s relationship with God is faulty is when he finds it difficult to trust; faith comes by hearing the word of God and is built by praying in the Holy ghost; Trust too is birthed by experiential knowledge and is sustained by the same knowledge and continuous yielding.
Imagine a man hanging from the edge of a cliff that is a thousand feet high, his hand is already tired and no one to help him up, then suddenly he hears a voice that says, “let go, I will grab you and you will not fall” he looks down and sees no one but is sure he heard a voice. He doubts but hears the voice loud and clear over and over again. If that man is able to let go in response to that voice, then that is trust in manifestation. This man hanging over a thousand feet will not let go if prior to that moment he has not let go over a few feet. The act of trust is an unending journey and it starts small and keeps growing. There must have been a history of relationship with that voice that says “let go, I will grab you and you will not fall,” that voice must have grabbed him beneath a few feet before. Otherwise, he would not trust that voice over a thousand feet.
Until we have a sound revealed knowledge of God and understands his nature, character and person, we will never know his ability to uphold, preserve, sustain, protect and save. Between the acquiring of knowledge and knowing his ability to preserve by experience, there is a moment of walk and intimate relationship, where his faithfulness and unfailing nature is proven.
Such knowledge and convictions are what crystallizes in a man’s heart and courtesy of such, the man is willing to die for that which he knows and believes.
If we must learn to trust, then revelation and making a history of walk cannot be missing in our lives.
It is my desire that we all learn to trust, so that we can cease to lean on our own understanding, afterwards we will learn to acknowledge him in all our ways and they receive direction for our paths.