Last time I wrote about the joy my family and I find in each other through trust. And I think living in joy the way that we do is scriptural. Hebrews 11:6 is just mindblowing for me, now that I have re-read it using this thought process of hanging in the room of grace.
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6
Do you see what Paul says here? Without faith, it is impossible to please God. So let’s think, what is faith? Faith is trust. So it is impossible to please God unless you trust Him. Not perform for Him. Not add up to all of His expectations. Not be perfect. No, no. None of that. Trust Him.
Trusting God means that you trust Him when He tells you who you are. God says to you, “Because of your faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, you are now holy and righteous in everything that you do.”
Do you trust God in that?
I don’t think churches have done a very good job counseling believers in this area. I think that all too often, despite their good intentions, churches do not trust God. They trust in God, yes. And they trust that there is a God. But they don’t trust that God is who He says He is. And they don’t trust in who God says they are.
Here’s the thought process that can afflict the believer: “God thinks I’m righteous. So I need to act in a righteous way. I need to make sure I’m doing righteous things. So what does a righteous person do? Let’s see, I can’t lie, I can’t cheat, I can’t steal, I can’t…”
And so on. Paul says this is where all of scripture starts to unravel. This is why Paul says the Law stinks. The Law’s no good! The Law’s no good, because it makes you perform in order to receive God’s love and forgiveness.
The Law was good initially. It really was! It says you’re not supposed to lie. You’re not supposed to cheat and you’re not supposed to steal. You’re not supposed to serve any other god above God. You’re not supposed to commit adultery. Those are all good things! There’s nothing basically wrong with the requirements of the Law.
But sin came along and caused chaos in the Law. Causing chaos in human life and relationships is what sin does. Sin looks at the Law and says, “Perfect! You know what? If you lie, you’re evil and you deserve to go to hell. And you know what? If you cheat, then you’re not a good person. God’s going to frown on you. Do you know how much work you will have to do in order to be worthy of heaven? I’ll be you’re not even saved!”
That’s what sin does to you! It makes you live in shame. And when you live in shame, you live in darkness.
But the Bible says no to that. You don’t live in darkness. You live in the light. And in the light, there’s trust.
More on this next time. See you Monday.