One theme unfolds with the first humans of Creation and culminates with the triumph of the saints in Revelation.
The theme is really a single question being asked of each one of us.
Do you trust God?
There is a bigger issue tucked away in that question. If we trust someone it means we believe their intentions toward us are good. Do I believe that about God? Do I really believe His every intention toward me is only for good?
Eve had it all — the most beautiful home and the perfect husband with whom to enjoy a perfect relationship. She even experienced the tangible Presence of God. She had it all and yet she was convinced to question the goodness of God.
Even in this perfect scenario an enemy schemed to wound the heart of God by throwing shade on His character.
The implied lie seemingly gave evidence of significant lack. It suggested that God was withholding something good from Eve by preventing her from knowing everything there was to be known ultimately keeping her from real happiness.
The lie was believable and she bought it.
When the children of Israel had been miraculously liberated from the oppression of Pharaoh, they saw God’s hand move in ways we often long for today. They experienced the shaking of a nation on their behalf. The soles of their sandals stirred the dry sea floor as they marveled at walls of water stacked up high on their right and left.
For a moment, they recognized Him as good. They danced. They worshiped. They sang. Then they experienced thirst. Suddenly, God was no longer the deliverer they admired. Instead they imagined Him as a sadist looking for a cruel way to kill them.
Its the first place the enemy takes us; straight to doubting the intentions of God toward us.
He convinces us by assigning to God the character of a fickle human heart leading us to reduce Him to our own image. We stop picturing Him the way He really is, in perfect wholeness.
I John 1:5 says, “This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.”
Consider what that means—-no darkness at all.
With God, there is no lying. He is only and always about the truth. He cannot deceive us or trick us. He cannot operate in a manipulative way toward us because manipulation is sin.
He cannot abandon or abuse us. He doesn’t change His mind about us. He doesn’t leave when things get ugly or hard. He stays and He heals us, helps us, and steadies us.
He isn’t gossiping about you to someone else. He isn’t stabbing you in the back. He is the same with you in private as in public. In fact, the Bible says that He is our Defender.
His love for you is untouchable. He even promises to take what the enemy has served up for our pain and turn it upside down to richly bless us.
Even in the most grave of losses, we can still choose what we will believe about God.
Our perception of Him spins on a simple choice to believe that He is always and only good.
We have all the evidence necessary in support of a decision to trust. God in His infinite wisdom blessed us with His precious Word in which the prophets and the apostles confirm His character.
Often our lack of trust is exacerbated by our lack of willingness to lose ourselves in His Word.
In a world filled with illusions and fun house mirrors, we will lose the trail of truth. The only way we can see past the deceptions is to allow the Word to sink deep into our hearts.
Hebrews 2:1 says, “Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.”
In other words, we must give focused attention to the Word of God for without it we will lose our way.
Truth is the cure for a lie. Perhaps the chief of lies is the one that says God is not good.
Dive into the truth and your perspective will shift, they eyes of your heart will be opened, and a solid trust in the Lord will begin to take hold.
Ask the Lord to reveal His character to you. As you come close to Him, He comes close to you. He will answer the cry of your heart. He will help you to trust Him.
Mark 9:24 – “Lord I believe; help my unbelief!”