“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Prov. 3:5)
You have to trust Him, you must trust Him, if you do not, you have no one else, nothing else to trust in.
Faith is trust, unmitigated, uncompromising trust, it can have no boundaries, no hindrances in its belief, you must fully believe that the Lord can be trusted in every avenue of your life. Doubts will arise, and the wise man will contemplate from whence they come, he will not simply cast them aside, for if he does, they will return. They must be looked at, where do they come from, why, if indeed the Almighty has proven Himself time and again in previous trials do they assail us each time.
“For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:” (2nd Cor. 1:8)
Because of the fear of death, or that the course they had been set upon might be hindered or diverted by our adversary?
“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” (John 12:32)
Was there ever the possibility that the cross would not be at the end of the path of the life here of our Savior?
Doubt, if not looked at, if not searched for in the meaning of it in our minds, can kill faith, at least temporarily. Going through the trials my friends is the only way to kill doubt, on the other side of every tribulation, there are no doubts, and with that you will also find, if you are a willing servant of the Living God, there are no regrets.
And so, before the first step is ever taken, there must be trust, you have to trust Him whom you say you serve, you must trust in Him whom you say you love. Whether it be extreme physical pain or emotional turmoil, no matter how intense, you must understand that it is your Father in heaven who has either sent it or allowed it to come upon you.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” (James 1:17)
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
If you do not have an eternal view, if you allow the doubts to fester, if you do not take a lance to them and find the root cause of those doubts, you may stop trusting.
“For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.” (2nd Cor. 12:8)
It has always intrigued me that Paul prayed unceasingly for those he knew, yet prayed only three times for himself. The answer he received was, “stop doubting, trust me.”
I am a man who is acquainted with pain and frustrations, and I praise His name for them, for He was a man acquainted with grief and sorrow.
“And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” (Matt. 26:39)
When the Lord Jesus Christ knew that it was not possible, that this cup had been set before Him and that it was the only way, He stood up and resolutely determined to drink it, to obey the Father no matter the cost to Himself. If there was ever any doubts, they left Him in that moment.
The path set before each of us to that straight gate will be fraught with pain, either physically, mentally or both. When we first see them ahead of us, we will all doubt, at least for a moment. You must not rush headlong into whatever has been set before you, blind faith is not true and trusted faith. Looking at the root cause of those doubts will cause you to count the cost, it will cause you to realize that there is a price to be paid in following the Lord, and that price is unwavering trust.
Look back on your life in these moments, see if you can find even a single time that He has failed you, and then start moving forward, leaving the doubts behind.