A DOSE OF FAITH
Richard G. Mendoza, MPH, PHD
Pr. Richard Mendoza works at the Central Luzon Conference of Seventh-day Adventist. An educator and promoter of health, he complements his advocacies with spiritual and values-oriented insights.
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(Last of two parts)
Because God knows everything (omniscient), He deserves our trust. But how can you trust Him if you don’t know Him? There are two elements or ingredients in order for trust to exist between two individuals. For you to trust somebody, he must be trustworthy and second is you should know him. You won’t trust a person who can’t be trusted and you won’t trust a person, no matter how trustworthy he is, if you don’t know him.
God can be trusted, there’s no doubt about it, so the question is, “Do you know Him enough to trust Him? Relationship with God is the key, for the more you know Him, the more you will trust Him. Talk to God and prayer, listen to Him through His Word, the Bible and be with Him through witnessing. And you won’t regret trusting God, as the Psalmist say, “How excellent is thy loving-kindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light. O continue thy loving-kindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart.” (Psalms 36:7-10)
The great high-wire artist, Blondin, once demonstrated his amazing ability by walking a high- wire cable strung over the lip of Niagara Falls. With vast crowds on each side of the falls, he walked across the cable from Canada to the United States’ side. A great shout and applause rose from the Americans when he arrived safely. One man in the watching crowd was especially boisterous in his approving shouts and handclapping. Blondin then announced, “I am now going to push a wheelbarrow in front of me to the Canadian side and back.”
The crowd gasped as the high-wire artist lifted a wheelbarrow to the high-wire cable. They could see it was fitted with a special slotted wheel that fit on either side of the cable. Again the crowd went wild, especially the man who had been so boisterous, with approval. Blondin singled the enthusiastic man out and, over the roar of the great falls, asked him, “Sir, do you really believe that I can push this barrow over to Canada and back?” The man shouted, “Yes!” Again Blondin asked him, “Do you really believe it?” Again the man shouted, “Yes!” “Then”, said the high-wire artist, “get in the wheelbarrow!” The man quickly disappeared among the crowd.
God’s faithfulness to His Word and His promises to those who trust Him have been proven through the ages—even to the sacrifice of His own Son for us. As you face dangers and difficulties in life are you really ready to trust Him with your whole life?
Now, there are times bad things also happen to us who trust God, but oftentimes, God allows them to happen to save us from worse things. He knows what lies ahead and whatever happens, happens for a reason.
A story was told about a king who had a male servant who, in all circumstances always said to him; My king, do not be discouraged because everything God does is perfect, no mistakes. One day, they went hunting and a wild animal attacked the king, the servant managed to kill the animal but couldn’t prevent his majesty from losing a finger. Furious and without showing gratitude, the King said; if God was good, I would not have been attacked and lost one finger. The servant replied, ‘despite all these things, I can only tell you that God is good and everything He does is perfect, He is never wrong’. Outraged by the response, the king ordered the arrest of his servant.
While being taken to prison, he told the king again, God is good and perfect. Another day, the king left alone for another hunt and was captured by savages who use human beings for sacrifice. On the altar, the savages found out that the king didn’t have one finger in place; he was released because he was considered not “complete” to be offered to the gods.
On his return to the palace, he ordered the release of his servant and said; My friend, God was really good to me. I was almost killed but for lack of a single finger, I was let go. But I have a question; If God is so good, why did He allow me to put you in prison? His servant replied; My king, if I had not been put in prison, I would have gone with you, and would have been sacrificed, because I have no missing finger.
Often we complain about life, and the negative things that happen to us, forgetting that everything happens for a purpose. Circumstances should not weaken us, but like David we can say, “In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.” (Psalms 56:11) Remember Job who in worst situation remains steadfastly loyal, whose trust in God had never wavered. Our God sees the future, “Trust in Him at all times.” (Psalms 62:8)
July 2018 Health and Lifestyle