We are back online! For those of you who may not have known, our family has just been through an unexpected move. Just as I was preparing to share a short series on trust, we were being thrown into a practical application of the principles. God is faithful. He has led us all the way thus far, and I trust He will lead us all the way to the ultimate Land of Milk and Honey! So, today with renewed confidence in our awesome God, let us continue our look into that important and timely issue: trust.
First and foremost, as Vacation Bible School leaders and teachers—even as parents and friends of children—we must be a positive example of a healthy trust. Sure, we all know that there is plenty of room for skepticism in this world. Our trust has been broken, perhaps many times over; but I hope that if you have made the decision to share Jesus with the children around you, it is because you have a trust in Him that is growing every day.
God is worthy of our trust. Jesus said, “Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” In the next verse, Jesus speaks of the humbleness of the child as worthy of imitation. If we are ever to trust God fully, we must first realize that we ourselves do not have all the answers. We must realize that, of ourselves, we do not have power to resist the enemy. We must acknowledge that we need the Higher Power that God is.
Simply knowing that we need help, however, is not enough to draw us into giving our full trust. Men have failed us; how do we know God will not? We must discover this for ourselves: the Creator God is worthy. “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!” the Psalmist declares. There is simply no substitute for spending time walking with God, giving Him opportunity to share His goodness in your life. It starts with a step of faith, a decision to “taste and see”.
Psalm 9:10 says, “And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.” God’s name is more than just a word. His name declares His character: merciful, gracious, long-suffering, abundant in goodness and truth…When we truly know His name—when we truly know Him—we will put our trust in Him, for we will have seen that surely, God is good to His people. In the upcoming VBS—The Land of Milk & Honey, the children will learn how beautiful this idea is as part of the discussion of the third commandment.
As our confidence grows, we will be eager to share what we have found with others. The question that arises then is, how? How do I explain something that I had to learn from experience? How do I inspire a child whose trust has been broken? How can I rightly earn the confidence of others? Most importantly, how can I help point that trust to the One who will always be there for them?
Be sure to check back soon for the continuation of “How Do You Recover Lost Trust?”
- How do you recover lost trust? pt 1
- How do you recover lost trust? pt 3
- How do you recover lost trust? pt 4
*** Hasten Home is expecting the release of a new, original set of Vacation Bible School materials this June (2011). It will talk of God’s law, the Ten Commandments, and of some of the Israelites’ experiences on their way to the Promised Land—and the bigger picture, including the fall of Lucifer and our Heavenly home ahead. If you have questions or would like to be informed when VBS—The Land of Milk & Honey becomes available for purchase, just send a note to us using our convenient contact page.***