|19th Sunday in OT - Trust||| Print ||
1 Kings 19:9. 11-13: Here we see Elijah, dejected and fearful, doubting his vocation and threatened by his enemies. He seeks assurance from God and finds encouragement in God's presence , not in the raging of nature, but in the gentle breeze softly moving by.
Romans 9: 1-5: Paul is deeply saddened by the refusal of many of his Jewish colleagues to see in Christ the promised Messiah. The voice of God was there to be heard, but it was not being recognised.
Matthew 14: 22-33: Like Elijah, the disciples were in deep trouble! Peter, ever the impulsive one, responded to Christ's words of encouragement, but his sense of trust left him and he became afraid. He, literally, went to water! But he had the good sense to regain his sense of trust with his "Lord! Save me"! to be mildly rebuked by Christ -"Man of little faith! why did you doubt"?
Point 1: Even before the spectre of 'terrorism" presented itself, people had already become less trusting in their attitudes. I don't think this has happened because there are no longer people around who can be trusted; it is just that, as our population increases and feels the impact of multiculturalism and the breakdown of traditional values, there are more people whose moral code we are unfamiliar with and, consequently, we set ourselves to live as though no one can be trusted. Living, then, becomes a very insular affair as fear enters into our decision making processes.
Point 2: In the matter of religious practice, unfortunately, fear has played a dominant role in forming our understanding of God. There are still many people who see God as the "Great Avenger", ready to pounce and to punish any misdemeanour. Indeed. there are still those who think that human misfortune is the direct result of divine intervention punishing misdeeds. Such thinking results in many people rejecting religion because they find the concept of a vengeful, frightening God oppressive and intolerable.
Conclusion: "Trust me" is part of our modern jargon. And if others are entitled to appeal to our sense of trust, cannot Christ be equally entitled to call on us to trust Him?
Scriptural reference: "By the Lord are the steps of a man made firm and he approves his way. Though he fall, he does not lie prostrate, for the hand of the Lord sustains him" (Psalm 37:23-24)