My favorite cartoon characters are Calvin and Hobbes. Calvin would imagine himself being Stupendous Man, defender of freedom and advocate of Liberty! However when bedtime came he imagined the monsters beneath his bed and Stupendous Man would be reduced to Jelly Man.
When the lights go out it’s tempting to lose our trust in God. We fear the worst of monsters like diseases, lack of resources, how will our kids turn out, and will we finish the project on time and under budget.
I walked into a restaurant after 9-11 and the waitress ran over to my table and said, “Thank God you’re here.” She told me that when I walked in the door she knew there was hope. We talked about the fears her family had; fears shared by all of us. Later she told me, “I trust what you are saying.” Truthfully all that I said was what God has said in the Bible. His Word inspires and heals. It also build trust!
A growing trust in God transforms us into men and women who can be trusted! The monsters of the night, the dark nights of the soul, the screams of our imaginations will not reduce us to quivering masses of gelatin. Trust in God lifts us up to heights we never dreamed where we are trusted with impossible tasks by a God who never fails. There is something about a person who has quiet, calm and confident trust in God that draws trust out of others.
You increase your trust by:
1. Reading Scripture
By reading the Scriptures you learn how God wants you to behave, and you discover what is right. You are sure that you are a guide for the blind and a light for all who are in the dark. Romans 2:18-19, CEV
2. Surrounding yourself with people of like faith.
Jesus deliberately chose to walk with a few rather than build a larger and larger group. Paul and Silas, David and Jonathan are all examples of surrounding ourselves with a small group of faithful friends.
3. Meditating on God’s faithfulness in the past.
Always remember that Jesus Christ, a descendant of King David, was raised from the dead. This is the Good News I preach. 2 Timothy 2:8, NLT
4. Taking courageous steps of action.
Read Psalm 77 – Asaph recalled, remembered, thought and encouraged himself in a dire time.
5. Get out of your comfort zone.
Don’t be ashamed to speak for our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me, just because I am in jail for serving him. Use the power that comes from God and join with me in suffering for telling the good news. 2 Timothy 1:8, CEV
6. Live obediently to the Lord!
Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. Joshua 1:7
7. Joining the KOKO Club (Keep on Keeping on)
Every morning growing up, I listen to Bill Powell on the radio. He encouraged people in Middle Georgia to successful living by persevering.
When your trust in the Lord is vibrant, strong and solid, you are transformed into a trustworthy man or woman. People need you to be steady during the times when the lights go out. So I guess in reality, we can be Stupendous People of Faith. “My dear friends, I really wanted to write you about God’s saving power at work in our lives. But instead, I must write and ask you to defend the faith that God has once for all given to his people.” Jude 1:3, CEV
Peace and Joy!