Trust Me

Trust Me

How often have you heard someone say, “Trust me”? You probably reacted immediately by telling yourself, “I better not trust that person.”

The Last Supper had to be the most confusing and challenging time for the disciples to trust Jesus. Jesus does and says some things that shakes their faith in Him as the Messiah. For one thing, Jesus washes their feet—a job usually performed by a servant, not a Messiah. Then Jesus tells them the food they are eating during this Passover is His body and His blood, that a new covenant is established, and they are to repeat this meal in His remembrance. The look on their faces must have said, “Does anyone understand what He is saying?” Then Jesus tells them that one of them will betray Him. More quizzical looks. Who? Then He gives them a new commandment to love one another and tells them He is going to leave and they cannot follow Him. What! Why? Where are you going?

Let’s pick up the story in John 13:33-14:1-31

The answers Jesus gave to their questions must have seemed mysterious. This is not what they expected the Messiah to say and do. I’m sure they still had questions. What about the Romans and their oppression? When are you coming back? When are you going to set up your kingdom? Where is this place you are preparing? In the meantime, are we just to trust you, love one another, and not worry? That’s it?

Jesus knew He was about to be crucified and they would be frightened, confused, dejected, and scattered. Jesus was telling them to trust Him, even when they did not understand, because He was in control and was accomplishing His purpose.

Jesus also knew that the disciples wouldn’t survive the persecution that was in the future, but He promised them that they would see Him again in the place He was going to prepare for them. Jesus also told them, “You know how to get there.”

At first, the disciples didn’t understand where Jesus was going or how to get there. But Jesus explained that they knew Him and He was the Way. You have everything you need, as long as you know me and follow me. I will come again and take you there. Believe me. Trust me.

Why did Jesus have to leave? It was only if He left that He could prepare heaven for them and for us, who believe in Him. In fact, it was only by His death and resurrection that they, or any of us, could even get to heaven in the first place.

Another reason that He had to leave was so that He could send the Holy Spirit. At the ascension of Christ, there may have been some question in the minds of the disciples: Didn’t He say He would always be with us as we go and make disciples? And now he’s leaving us. But soon after Jesus left, the Holy Spirit came. The Holy Spirit is also called the Spirit of Christ. And He, who is the very Presence of Christ, is here on the earth. The Presence of Christ is no longer limited by space and time, because the Holy Spirit is still very present on this earth and very present in our life.

Jesus forewarned that we will have tribulations in this world, but don’t worry, trust Him, and be at peace. Memorize the following because it is hard to trust when trouble comes.

John 16:33 “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

When the soldiers came to arrest Jesus, it would have been easy to forget that Jesus was in control. It would look very much like the Roman government or the Jewish leaders were the ones in control. And His death on the cross would seem that Satan was successfully thwarting the plan of God. Jesus wanted them to know He is in control even when they see Him die and when they also experience tribulation, persecution, and death. Jesus is trying to prepare them. He is trying to prepare us, too—believe me; trust me.

So is there something in our nation, in current events, or in your life that is troubling you today? Does it appear that evil is winning? Do you believe and trust that the LORD is still in control?

The middle verses of the whole Bible are Psalm 118:8-9 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes. (Presidents)  We could say trust is the “central” theme of God’s Word.

It is a test of faith to trust God when everything looks wrong or seems lost. Moses stood still and trusted God to deliver the Israelites at the Red Sea when it appeared evil would overcome them and they would be killed. Joseph trusted God while he languished in Pharaoh’s prison after being falsely accused of rape. He had done the right thing by fleeing from the woman’s advances. He could have thought that God abandoned him, but He trusted God to make all his dreams come true?

The kind of trust God wants us to have cannot be learned in comfort and ease. Trust is found in our unswerving faith in the midst of trials, that God will indeed work on our behalf to bring about His perfect will for our lives.

Far too often in life, we become completely focused on the difficulties and we lose our focus on Christ. When Peter walked on the water toward Jesus, he was doing well until he took his eyes off of Jesus and looked at the waves. The same is true of us today. God can get us through the most impossible situations, but we must keep our focus and trust on Him. How can we ever expect to find peace and joy when we are still focused on our difficulties and not our deliverer?

If I were to ask you individually, most of you would very quickly say that you trust God, but there are times when trust is not simple. Some really bad and evil things happen through no fault of our own. Trusting God means we believe in Him in spite of what we see and do not understand.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

We try to arrange our lives so that nothing bad happens, but disasters strike and tragedies do happen. In times like this, life is beyond our understanding. We are left with raw emotions and with the question, “Why?”

If God gave us the answers, they would be as puzzling to us as Jesus’ answers were to the disciples at the Last Supper. We wouldn’t understand and we would only have more questions. Later, the disciples understood clearly and so will we. Trust Him.

He, who did not spare His own Son, but offered Him up for us all, will also give us what we need. We do not really need “answers”—we just want them, although they would not add to our trust in God if He gave them to us.

Nothing, and I mean nothing, that we go through in life is beyond God. During times of tribulation, that just don’t make any sense in human terms, we need to trust God the most. The more senseless life becomes, the greater our need to trust Him.

We just read, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart.” We must hold nothing back and surrender to Him all that we are, all that we have, and all that we may become. It is only when we completely trust God that we receive the Holy Spirit’s comfort. He gives us the power of His direction and the peace of His presence.

Psalm 9:9-10 The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name, put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.

When trials arise and we go through difficulty, the full resources of God are at our disposal when we place our trust in Him. When we feel weak, God is our strength. When we are pressured by life, God is our relief. When we need security, God is our refuge.

If we do not place our trust in God, there is no access to His power, His mercy, or His love. Without trust in God there is no comfort, no peace, no strength, and no relief.

God has made a promise that He will never forsake those who seek Him. The promise that God made long ago is still valid today. He is true and faithful to those who seek Him. The same promise is repeated in the New Covenant.

Hebrews 13:5 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

This verse says we are to trust God and be content with whatever we have and whatever our circumstances are, because God has promised us that He will never abandon us. He will walk right alongside us and meet our needs.

Furthermore, we are to be free from the love of money, because money can’t buy real treasures. Our treasure is love from the God who is love. Our treasure is grace and peace from the God of all comfort. Our treasure is security from the God who never changes. Our treasure is protection and provision from the God who is all powerful. Our treasure is acceptance from the God who knows everything. Our treasure is eternity from the God who sacrificed His own Son so that we could have it.

Philippians 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Maybe we use this verse so much in Christianity that it becomes a cliché, but it’s a very real truth from God’s word. No matter what the enemy throws your way, God will work it together for good because He is in control. You can trust God, because He assures you that He has a good reason for allowing it. You may not always see immediately what good is going to come of it, but that’s where trust comes in. You may see it someday, and you may never recognize it. Nevertheless, good will come. Trust Him.

None of us likes change. None of us likes uncertainty. None of us likes tribulation. None of us likes persecution. However, by believing and trusting in Jesus, we can get through those times without worrying. We can enjoy His peace.

When Jesus asked the question, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me,” He’s not asking if you know about him. He’s not talking about book knowledge. He’s talking about an intimate personal knowledge. He’s talking about the way you know your husband or wife, or your kids or brothers and sisters. This is a knowledge that comes with time and companionship. And it’s this personal and intimate relationship with Christ that will get you through the hard times. If Christianity is just ritual for you, something you do out of a sense of requirement, then you’re going to give up in the hard times. But if Christianity is for you an intimate relationship with Jesus, then that relationship will get you through anything, including evil times, discipline, and even death, because Jesus is there with you, and you have His peace from trusting Him.

Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Do you have the peace of God that comes from trusting Him completely? It starts with believing that Jesus is the Savior who died on the cross so your sin could be forgiven, and trusting in Jesus as your Lord by giving Him total control of your life. Repent of the sin of being your own god and die to yourself in baptism. Then you will be born again of the Holy Spirit. He will give you peace and lead you through every difficulty in life—Trust me—No, better yet, trust Jesus.