When you say you trust God, how do you really know you trust Him? Church is like a school where you learn all the theories about trust, and life is the school of application where you put these theories to the test. The true litmus test is when you are called to put God first even when it conflicts with your personal agenda and/or it makes no sense at all.
Look at the areas where you wish you had more success. Are you putting God first in those areas? Consider the following scenarios:
- Fighting with your spouse all the time
- Not applying scriptures to your marriage, such as submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ (Ephesians 5:21) or considering your partner better than yourself (Philippians 2:3-5)
- Not spending enough time praying together
- Neglecting your spouse
- Nagging your spouse
- Putting in overtime hours instead of spending time with family
- Missing church services for work
- Calling in “sick” when you just want the day off
- Being dishonest in your work habits
- Compromising your work ethics
- Spending money on yourself rather than tithing
- Anxiety and worry instead of trusting in God’s provision
- Harboring the wrong perspective about tithing (i.e., “the church is run like a business”; “all they want is my money”; “who knows where all the money is going?” etc.)
- Living beyond your means
- Choosing between paying bills and tithing (oftentimes, we pay “bills” outside of utilities and rent that we don’t really need to pay)
- Neglecting self-care
- Weak boundaries between self and others
- Lack of exercise and a good diet
- Shouldering all your stress instead of casting your anxiety upon God (1 Peter 5:7)
- Looking for love in all the wrong places
- Compromising your sexual purity
- Linking up with non-Christians who can turn your heart after other gods
- Marrying a believer too quickly as a gateway to guilt-free sex
As you may recall, Abraham went through a series of tests, from uprooting his whole life to an unknown land to sacrificing his firstborn, for whom he waited 25 years.
“By faith Abraham, when called to a place he would later call his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.” Hebrews 11:8
By faith, will you still obey even if you don’t know what will happen tomorrow?
“By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son…” Hebrews 11:17
Do you embrace God’s promises when you need to make the tough (and righteous) decisions?
“Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Romans 4:3
In the verse prior to this, the Scripture says if Abraham was justified by works, he’d have something to boast about. If we were brought up in a household where we only received recognition when we did well in school, it would be tempting to get validation from our acts of obedience. We’d only feel like “good Christians” if we are 100% obedient, never straying, never deviant from the Word. We can point to our acts of obedience and say, “Look, God! Look at all the things I’ve done for you and all the ways I served!”
But time and time again, the Scripture highlights Abraham’s faith.
If faith is not the primer for your obedience, you will become short-sighted and blind (2 Peter 1:9). You will grow spiritually weary and lose sight of what’s truly meaningful.
In closing, I leave you with one of my favorite verses:
“Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.” Joshua 21:45
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