Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

Proverbs chapter 3, verses 5 and 6; from the New Living Translation (NLT)

Let’s talk about TRUST. Synonyms for trust includes words such as conviction, assurance, certainty, dependence, and hope. But before we can talk about TRUST we need to define this word. According to Dictionary.com the word TRUST means: “reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.” Look carefully at those first two words: reliance and confidence. Think of these two words like book ends that hold up all the other books. Remove either end and the books tend to fall over–i.e.–lean to one side, depending on which book end you remove.

TRUST can be applied to a myriad of situations. Consumer products, services, automobiles, and human nature are just some examples. Speaking of human nature, my level of TRUST in human nature can be described this way: I look both ways before crossing a one way street. But it’s not human nature I want to talk about with you. Well, then again, perhaps it is. Who can we trust when it comes to living the life that pleases and honors God? This is called The Life Of Holiness.

For centuries people turned to The Bible. But for the past several decades, this view has been challenged by those once identified as liberals and now identifies themselves as progressives. Progressives want us to believe that the established ethos of The Bible is UNTRUSTWORTHY. In other words, The Bible cannot be TRUSTED when it comes to the life of Holiness. So, what can this all mean?

Well, for one thing, God was missing in action. He was missing in action when the words were formed. He was missing in action when those words were copied, by human hands. He was missing in action when the early church leaders were trying to figure out what was reliable and what we could have confidence in when it comes to Holiness. And He was missing in action when it was being proclaimed and taught by countless individuals as being THE BOOK and we could rely on and have confidence in when it came to discerning what God wanted of us.

So, why was God missing in action all that time? Human reasoning and logic offers us some insights. Perhaps He was apathetic, unconcerned of what was being taught. Maybe He was powerless to stop all that false and inaccurate teaching. It could be that He, the Creator, was waiting on the Created to help Him understand Himself. And if we embrace what progressive theology purports as the truth, God was just waiting. Waiting for the time when they would arrive on the scene to set thousands of years of errant teaching straight. For example, that sexuality is determined by our feelings and beliefs. And all that God wants from us is to love others by approving of their feelings and beliefs.

But tell me this, how can anyone rely on and have confidence in a “God” who has been missing in action for all this time? Or a “God” who changes His mind and delivers these changes via a select group who are enlightened to the level of revealing those changes to the rest of us? Progressive theology declares that the missing in action “God” has finally arrived on the scene to set the record straight.

Maybe they think they can rely on and have confidence in that kind of “missing-in-action-until-now-god”. And maybe you think that you can rely on and have confidence in that kind of “god”. But I cannot! And neither should you!



13 Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” 14 How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. 15 What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.”

James chapter 4, verses 13 through 15, from the New Living Translation

Yesterday I wrote about going to have a “stress” test. Well, on the way to Tuscaloosa (an hour’s drive), they called and said due to issues with their equipment, my test was canceled. A friend of mine suggested I charge them $50 for not giving me a 24 hour notice. And I replied, “Plus damages for pain and suffering of going without my coffee!” Then yesterday afternoon they called and told me to be there at 1:00 p.m. today. So here I am, another morning without my coffee. And here’s the Kingdom Lesson for today (and for me)!

James reminded us that our plans don’t always go as planned. Now, I know it wasn’t God’s will that my test be rescheduled. After all, I’m not a Calvinist nor a fatalist. Point is, plans change. I could have ranted and raved about the fact I was denied my lovely elixir of life–but it wouldn’t have changed anything. What I am learning from James is that human plans sometimes go south. Technical difficulties, supply issues, weather–you name it! It happens. But one thing that never changes is God’s Love and God’s plan for your life. And when life takes those unexpected detours, well His Love and His Plan is still in effect for your life. In all of your days–those cancelations and delays, disappointments and pains, the fears and the failures–you can count on God to be right there with you. And His plan isn’t affected by these kinds of things. Now, excuse me, I must convince my mind and body that this water I’m drinking is the same thing as my coffee. And I leave you with a song: