This season has had its share of stormy weather, but not without some silver linings. I’ve been thinking about the idea of trust. Specifically trusting God. Innumerable times in the Jesus followers life there is a decision to trust or to fear. To trust or to be anxious. To trust or to get angry. To trust or to take things into your own hands. Trust is an essential building block in any healthy relationship. In many ways, trusting God is the same as loving Him. I have been asking myself, what does trusting God really mean to me? How does it actually play out in my mind, in my heart, and in my life? It’s an easy enough thing to say. “God I trust You. Of course I do. You’re God and I’m not.” But when push comes to shove, and plans change, and uncertainty overshadows, what really wins in our hearts: trust or fear?
I am realizing that when I have said in the past that I trust God, what I was really saying was that I trust what He can do. This may just be me, but I immediately would think, I trust His power. I trust His strength. I trust His authority. But in the quiet and stillness of the last few weeks I have been hearing something different. I’ve been hearing God say, “Trust ME”. Obviously to trust God is to trust that He has all power, strength, and authority, but making the difference between trusting the power and the ONE who is powerful is changing the way I trust God.” —
Phil Wickham, from Thoughts On Trusting
The Hubble Extreme Deep Field
The Hubble Extreme Deep Field is the most distant image of the Universe ever created. Its diameter is one tenth the width of the full moon, its area is one 30 millionth of the entire sky. Within this field of view there are more than 5000 galaxies, 600 trillion stars and 50 quadrillion planets and moons. The light from the most distant visible objects was created more than 13 billion years ago, when the Universe was only 5% of it’s current age. This photograph is a slice of infinity, proof of the immense scale of reality.
…In fact, we need to BE lovers of God ourselves first and foremost - to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. We must first and foremost be men and women of prayer, the Word, and intimacy with God our Father. We must be the firstfruits of healing, restoration, renewal, and revival in the hands of Yahweh. And from such a place of intimacy, restoration, and revival, all of our ministry will flow like living water. In that way, we will be able to love others - the Cal campus and the city of Berkeley - with testimonies of God’s goodness and triumph over evil, darkness, and sin.
In the end, we must be full of both grace AND truth, truth AND grace, as Jesus was. God’s love cannot be separated from God’s wrath, and the truth of God cannot be separated from the power of God. And we need to make meaningful relationships with people, even as they might pass us by on Sproul. We need to engage with them and be the bridge that connects them with God in their lives. We are a royal priesthood.” —P. Mike, on open air worship, evangelism, and stewarding the offense of the gospel