“Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord , the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.” – Isaiah 26:4 NIV
Trust. That’s a tough one for people who have been mislead into trusting deceivers, liars and cheaters. Why would we trust someone like that? Like the ultimate liar and deceiver, Satan, they become skilled at their deceptions, pulling in those who are innocent, or hurting, and those needing someplace – someone – to put their faith.
The following passage is called “The Cost of Following Jesus.” Without that complete trust that Isaiah talks about, we’ll find it difficult, at best, to follow Christ.
“As they were walking along the road, a man said to Him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head.” He said to another man, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.” Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” ” – Luke 9:57-62 NIV
Parts of me want to protest, and say “No! That’s too harsh.” I can’t even comprehend that level of trust. There are great examples throughout history of this complete trust. Starting with Matthew, who was by all accounts a successful tax collector, and Luke, a physician, to Florence Nightingale or Mother Teresa… they left comfortable lives to follow Christ. The idea of walking away from my family, especially when my dad died, without a goodbye, well, I can’t imagine how much pain it would have caused me.
So does God really expect all the people who accept Jesus as their Savior to just walk away from their homes and jobs and families?
I don’t believe so, although many do choose that path. Look at the many foreign missionaries who give up their lives here in the U.S. to serve in nations and impoverished areas, full of physical dangers and spiritual warfare. The Holy Spirit speaks to each person to show us our personal mission field. For some, it is becoming a missionary. For others, it may mean pastoring a church, or serving in other roles within the body to provide or maintain a place to worship in. School teachers have a vast mission field. It might be the witness you provide at your job, or to family members. Whether you are a janitor or CEO of a major company, if you claim to be a Christian, your mission field is right there.
Trust in the LORD. Don’t bow to the world and let it shake you. God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, will never leave us or forsake us. No matter how badly we have been treated, or mistreated, God is Supreme, and He Rules…… I’ve read the back of the Book, and I KNOW Who wins!!