I was once told by my late aunt, that while napping, I fell from a very high bed when I was one year old. After that, I stopped walking. I guess my struggle with trust may have started then. To be honest, life has presented me with a thousand reasons not to. Am I the only one who breaks out in a cold sweat when someone says, “Trust me.”? As a matter of fact, I know that I am not alone and that most people struggle with trusting others, at least to some degree.
While it is wise to be cautious around unfamiliar people, trust is extremely important in our personal relationships. Stephen Covey once said, “Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.” No where is this truer than in our relationship with God. He doesn’t just expect us to trust him but he requires it in order for us to have close fellowship with him. Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding”.
But what about if and when he asks us to do something we may consider impossible or potentially dangerous?
For example, many missionaries heed the call to go into unchurched countries to preach the gospel. There are those in America, who go into crime infested neighborhoods to feed the poor and to tell them that someone truly loves them and that his name is Jesus. Some of God’s children are, even as we speak, having to choose between Christ and their families. The list goes on and on . Many people, who do not know Christ, may wonder why someone would willingly do these things. It simply doesn’t make sense to them.
In fact, God says that. “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts…And my ways are far beyond anything you can imagine (Isaiah 55:8).
That’s where trust comes in and we realize anew that we are vessels for his glory to be used as he sees fit. We must know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to his purpose for them (Romans 8:28). The Bible has many examples of men and women who truly believed this and risked their lives to trust and obey God. One of them was a man named Ananias.
“Now there was a believer in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord spoke to him in a vision calling, “Ananias!” “Yes, Lord!” he replied. The Lord said, “Go over to Straight Street, to the house of Judas. When you get there, ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is praying to me right now. I have shown him a vision of a man named Ananias coming in and laying hands on him so he can see again.” (Acts 9:10 – 12)
With that one command God had put Ananias in a position to show that he trusted God with all his heart. This was no simple house call. Ananias answered God by saying,
“But Lord … I’ve heard many people talk about the terrible things this man has done to the believers in Jerusalem! And he is authorized by the leading priest to arrest everyone who calls upon your name. (Acts 9:13, 14)”
I don’t think most of us could imagine the danger Ananias could face for visiting a man like Saul. But God, in all of his mercy and wisdom, revealed his purpose for this seemingly outrageous request.
“…Go, for Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel. … (Acts 9: 15)”
God had an extraordinary plan for Saul’s life and Ananias would be used to help bring it about. Obediently, Ananias found him and laid his hands upon him. By calling Saul “brother”, Ananias showed that he did not harbor a grudge in his heart against Saul and that he truly believed what God had said. We all know what happens next in the life of Saul who became the Apostle Paul. The rest, as they say, is history. Ananias had a share in it because of obedience that was based on absolute trust in God. Not only is Ananias’ faithfulness mentioned in the scriptures but in heaven it will be greatly rewarded. Is God calling you to trust him concerning a particular matter? Remember Ananias and know that God could be doing something great with your life that will glorify Him for all eternity.