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For many years of my life I trusted myself to look after me better than I trusted God to look after me. I thought God was some sort of "stingy miser," a psychopath Who hated my guts. Have you ever tried trusting a psychopath who hates your guts? 

If you have been around a while, you probably have learned a thing or two that may not have painted the bloke upstairs (God) in the most pleasant of lights. Your boss probably never paid you when you did not show up for work, your partner probably did not take kindly to it when you did not have a shower for a week. Your workmate may have been quick to take credit for you ideas of improvement. Someone may not have given you the keys to his flash Ferrari.  Someone may not have shared his gold lotto wins.  Someone may not have shared the profits of his company. Someone may not have paid for your education. Someone may not have bought you a house.  Life has conditioned us to think that it is up to us to provide.  All this has made us think God is the same. We think He is some sort of stingy miser  Who cannot be trusted to provide for us. 

God, Whoever He Is would reveal Himself sufficiently to us so that we would understand that unlike many humans, He actually is not a "stingy miser". He would reveal Himself sufficiently so that we would understand He can be trusted more than we can be trusted. Of ourselves we cannot create the necessary understanding. God Himself has to reveal Who He Is to us sufficiently so that we would be able to trust Him
Until this happens, we possess very little of what is termed faith (trust in God).This causes significant problems in society, as humans can become very busy trying to create what ultimately would have been provided for them.  

Matthew 8:23-26

When He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was engulfed by the waves; but Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!”

You of little faith,” Jesus replied, “why are you so afraid?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it was perfectly calm.

Luke 12: 22-32

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap; they have no storehouse or barn, yet God feeds them. How much more valuable are you than the birds!

Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his lifespan? So if you cannot do such a small thing, why do you worry about the rest?

Consider how the lilies grow: They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory was adorned like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith!

And do not be concerned about what you will eat or drink. Do not worry about it. For the nations of the world strive after all these things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek His kingdom, and these things will be added unto you.

Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide yourselves with purses that will not wear out, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.


Matthew 14: 25-31 During the fourth watch of the night, Jesus went out to them, walking on the sea. When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost!” they said, and cried out in fear.But Jesus immediately spoke up: “Take courage! It is I. Do not be afraid.” “Lord, if it is You,” Peter replied, “command me to come to You on the water.” “Come,” said Jesus.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the strength of the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and took hold of Peter. You of little faith, He said, “why did you doubt?”


Matthew 16: 8-10 Aware of their conversation, Jesus said, “You of little faith, why are you talking among yourselves about having no bread? Do you still not understand? Do you not remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered?  Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered?

Matthew 17:17 And Jesus answered, “O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me.”



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