Christ Ends Your Mistrust
2/26/2017 Sunday AM, Shiloh in Kalona, IA
Craig Haworth, 36:57
Adam openly walked with God in the garden. There was a closeness and intimacy of trust that existed between them. At some point, the adversary interjected mistrust into their relationship; accusing God saying, “has God said?” (Gen. 3:1). This mistrust played a role in Adam and Eve’s disobedience; they felt the need to take matters into their own hands and disobeyed God. One of the greatest ways that we find ourselves being separated from God is in our mistrust of Him.
In the wilderness, God humbled the Children of Israel by feeding them manna every day (Deut. 8:3). It was a test that asked, “Will you love me and trust me, or will you continue to take back control and try to provide for yourself?” God was testing the people to see if they would trust that He would take care of them. It can be a humbling experience to live in trusting dependence on another.
Mistrust is the source of many of our anxieties. What am I to do next in my life? Will God take care of me? Am I going to end up in poverty and despair? We may have volumes of personal fears that we live with all the time. These fears grow in an environment of mistrust and lead to unhealthy ways of life. We act selfishly because we don’t trust that anyone else will help us or take care of us. We think we must fend for ourselves if we are to have what we need in our lives. The patterns formed by these mistrusting attitudes, which have led to many of the humanities problems , could only be broken by a revelation of God’s faithfulness. A revelation that has come to us in Jesus Christ.
Jesus came into the world to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8). What are the works of the devil? He caused mankind to mistrust God. Christ came to destroy that mistrust. In the darkest moment of His sacrifice, He gave Himself to completely trust God; refusing to save Himself, He said “into your hands I commit my spirit” (Luke 23:35,46). This statement was the end of mistrust.
We cannot end our own mistrust, but we can draw upon the victory of Christ that has destroyed it. As we confess our mistrust to Him, we also open our hearts to let the Holy Spirit fill us with Christ’s trust. When problems arise, we no longer take matters into our own hands in an attempt to fix everything ourselves, but rather we live in the trust of the Lord that is sustained by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
Scriptures: Deut. 8:2-5, 13:1-4; Isa. 44:16-17; Matt. 6:25-32; 1 Pet. 5:7; 1 John 3:8