He Loves Me!
This devotional is a series of excerpts from Wayne Jacobsen's life changing book, He Loves Me! Download a PDF of this book by clicking the link below.
Day 38: In the Darkest Moment: Trust
You will trust God only as much as you love him. And you will love him not because you have studied him; you will love him because you have touched him-in response to his touch. Only if you love will you make that final leap into darkness. "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit." -Brennan Manning, Lion and Lamb
When the enemy drove a wedge between Eve and her Creator, he had won the moment. Everything we do as a result of not trusting God and his intentions toward us draws us into the ever-deepening bondage of sin. That's as true of indulging our selfish desires as it is trying to appease him.
This is where an appeasement view of the cross serves us so poorly. By viewing the cross as the offer of a "Get-Out-Of-Hell-Free Card" rather than an invitation of friendship with a gracious Father, we empty it of its power. By preying on people's uncertainty about the afterlife we can get them to go forward, pray a sinner's prayer or whatever else we ask them to do to ensure they go to heaven.
But then our problem only begins. Most go right back to living the way they had before, hopeful that they did enough not to worry about hell any longer. Some will get involved in a religious group or activity as an expression of their sincerity to God, but they will all soon discover that the reality of Christianity doesn't live up to its promise. They'll still find themselves overwhelmed by sin too great to conquer because they have not let him deal with the root of it.
For the power of the cross to significantly change our lives it would have to restore the trust that was shattered in Eden.
And that it does in spectacular fashion.