Once we know God, then what?

We trust God of course! What does it mean to trust God? I guess the real question would be, what does it mean to trust another person? In the Webster’s New World Dictionary is defines trust as “1a) firm belief in the honestly, reliability, etc, of another, faith.” It also states that to trust means ‘to be confident in.’

So in order for us to trust God, we must have faith in Him, that He is, that He cares, that He listens and that we can trust His word or the scriptures. We have to trust and believe that God will fulfill His promises that He’s made to us, that He loves us enough to send His son like it says in John 3:16 not to condemn the world but to save the world. God isn’t going to force anybody to believe in Him and to trust Him though, it’s a choice that we have to make and that we choose to make by our every day actions. God really does want us to be happy and the only way that we can truly do that is by following the example of His son. That’s why Christ came to the earth, to live and to be our perfect example but also to die so that we may overcome our pain, our guilt, our shame, and find peace, rest, and joy. What a marvelous plan.

I know that to trust God and to have faith in Him, we must respect Him and what He has done. They call this Godly fear. We can fear God, respect and reverence Him, but not be afraid of Him. The other kind of fear is the fear that overcomes our faith and keeps us from coming closer to our Heavenly Father. Sinning destroys our confidence that God loves us and teaches us to be afraid of Him. Hence when Adam sinned, the first response he had was to fear. He was afraid of seeing God because he knew he was in trouble. It’s amazing to me how Heavenly Father is repeatedly telling us to fear not. When angels come to visit men, the first words they say are generally “fear not” Don’t be afraid of heavenly things but move closer to them. How powerful is that.

What do you think it means to trust God?

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To Know the Only True and Living God

                                                                                          

I’ve been thinking a great deal lately about God as our Heavenly Father.  If He truly is our Father as it states in the scriptures than we can know that for ourselves and this is something that I feel so blessed to know. He loves us and He cares for each of us individually.  I love knowing that we can have a personal relationship with Him. That we can know Him and that He already knows us.  It’s phrased so beautifully in Acts 17:27-29

“That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of our own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device”

I love this scripture because it points out that we are God’s children, that we have His qualities, and as we seek after Him, we will find Him.

Seeking after God is like playing hide and go seek with a small child. You hide so that you can easily be found through slight effort from the child. They are ecstatic that they found you and you’re delighted because they’re so happy. That is how God feels about us. If we are truly seeking after Him, we’ll find Him.

God’s purpose is to help us find happiness and we can only do that as we strive to be like our Father. To know God, is to learn about Him and to develop that personal relationship with Him. We don’t have a perfect record of His example but He has given us the gift of His Only Begotten Son Jesus Christ. As it says in John 5:19 Christ states himself that “…The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.”

As we follow the example of the Savior, we are following God because Christ perfectly follows his Father. Christ often spent time alone to be with his Father in prayer and we can do the same.  If we want to talk to God, we have been given the opportunity and the ability to pray and as we pray, God is listening. If we want to hear the words of the Father, we read what He has already given to us through the mouth of His prophets-the scriptures. As we read what God has already done for His children, we will be much more apt to see the hand of God in our own lives. What a blessing and a joy!