Greetings dear family of our beloved Saviour Jesus Christ, may God grant to us all, the grace to always trust in His divine providence Amen.
“Thou does keep in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee, because he trusts in Thee” (Isaiah 26:3). In any relationship trust is needed to build a solid friendship. Our Lord desires that we have great trust in Him, and He deserves our trust, for He has proved His love and fidelity towards us. There was never a greater act of love than when the Son of God became man and took upon Himself the sins of the world!
“Through Him you have confidence in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.” (1 Peter 1:21) Faith is a gift from God, but to fully receive it we must open our hearts to God, we should have absolute trust and surrender.
Many people hear God’s call but they never receive the full blessing because they are afraid to surrender their lives to God – they don’t trust enough. They believe they will be asked to give up too much, that they will lose their freedom – they don’t realise that in God we find perfect freedom! In trusting and surrendering our life to God, we open ourselves up to receiving God’s power, we allow Him to act within us and through us, for our salvation and the salvation of others.
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power…” (2 Tim 1:7). To receive God’s power we need to live a life of deep prayer, for prayer brings union, and with union comes power. No prayer – no union, no union – no power! God gives us His Spirit to dwell within our souls. It is this Spirit that brings life to the soul, and it is this Spirit, which removes all our fears. Do you remember how the disciples were all cowards when they were with Jesus? Even after they had been with Him for three years, listening to His words and witnessing His miracles they still lacked trust, when they came to the hour of trial in the garden of Gethsemane – they all lost courage and fled. But later, after Jesus had risen, they spent nine days in prayer with Mary in the upper room, waiting for the Spirit, and the Spirit came and strengthened them, giving them power.
After this they all went out and witnessed to Christ, and gave their lives for Him, having the courage to become martyrs for the faith. God gave them the Spirit of power, the gift of faith that they may trust in the promises of Jesus. The only fear a Christian should have is that of falling into sin and offending God, because living in a state of mortal sin prevents the work of the Holy Spirit within the soul.
“I can do all things in Him who strengthen me” (Philippians 4:13). The other source of power that God has given to us is His Eternal Word. There is great power in the sacred scriptures and we can call upon God’s words and use them as a weapon to fight the evil-one when he comes to do battle to destroy our trust in God. When Jesus was led into the desert to be tempted by the devil, He used God’s Word to defeat satan. Three times the devil tempted Jesus with various propositions, and on each occasion Jesus used sacred scripture to fight back. With each temptation Jesus replied with these words: “It is written…” and then He quoted three scripture verses from Deuteronomy (see Matt 4:4, 7 & 10. Also Deut 6:4 & 5 & 16 And 8:3). We too, must claim God’s promises when we come under trial: Whatever our weakness, whatever our trial or suffering, we can find a verse from scripture and use it as a weapon of power.
“Let not your hearts be troubled” (John 14:1). Did you know that throughout the Old and New Testament God asked that we “Be not afraid” 366 times, that’s one for each day of the year – even on a leap year! God desires that we trust Him, He does not wish that we suffer discouragement and doubt, He has promised that He will never abandon us; we are His children and the most beautiful fruit of His love – we are the summit of His creation. Therefore, we must have great confidence in His love and mercy.
It is said that TRUST is the container with which we draw the Waters of Grace from the Fountain of Life, if this is so, then let us not take a thimble or a cup with us, to draw God’s grace – but let us take a bucket or a barrel! The more we trust – the more we shall receive!