Difficulties: Testing Grounds of Trust
I used to know a young man for whom there seemed to be only two givens in life—the existence of physical things and the character of his own heart. God’s existence and character, for him, were always still in the process of being decided. As each new situation or experience came along, he carefully weighed each new shred of evidence in his mind as if God were on trial. Any seeming inconsistency would rock his faith (ability to trust God implicitly). Yesterday as I asked Father for insight into all this for someone else I care deeply about, it dawned on me that there are only two givens in life—GOD’S existence and the character of HIS heart. Those must be settled once and for all. Then as each new experience comes along, it is we who are on trial, so to speak, not God. The purpose of these difficulties and seeming inconsistencies is to test and prove our own hearts to show, as well as the rulers and authorities in unseen realms whether we will trust Him implicitly in spite of all the physical “evidence” against us. “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test? And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test” (2Cor. 13:5-6 NIV). 10:44 a.m.