Going Deeper with the Message:

Trusting Our Maker
by: Andrew Archer

Have you ever broken a phone? A computer? Another fancy gadget? I certainly have. When this happens, you have a couple of options. You could take your broken device to one of the kiosks in the mall that typically accept the range of phone brands and who charge around $85 to fix a cracked iPhone screen. Another option is to go straight to the source. When my iPhone isn’t working, I take it to the Apple store. I do this because I know that I can trust them. They made my phone. And the person who is best suited to fix something, is the one who made it. They know it inside and out, every detail, they know it fully. And because of that, I am confident that they will know exactly what is wrong and how to fix it. In the same way, the One best suited to fix our own brokenness, is the one who made us—Jesus.

As Pastor Tim shared on Sunday, Jesus is our Creator. Yes, all three persons were present during creation, but there is no denying that the bible depicts Jesus as the One through whom creation took place. In the opening of his gospel account, John tells us that “all things were created through Him (Jesus), and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created.” Here, John is pulling back the curtain and telling us that it was Jesus who spoke the universe into existence. 

You might be wondering: why is it so important that Jesus is our creator? First and foremost, it shows us that He is God. But there is more to it than that. The fact that Jesus is the creator means that He created us. Not just the heavens and Earth, but He created each of us individually. This implies that He intimately knows us. King David expressed this in Psalm 139 when he penned “for it was you who created my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Just like Apple knows exactly what makes up the phone or computer you are probably reading this on, Jesus knows exactly what makes up who you are. He, being the one who formed you, knows what you like and dislike, what brings you joy and what you can’t stand. He knows every part of you. He fully knows you. 

Because Jesus is the One who made everything, including us, we can go to Him in our brokenness. We can trust that He has the answers. That He can diagnose what is going on in our hearts and give us the proper prognosis to be made right again. And He wants nothing more than that—for us to be made well, to be brought back to life, back into a right relationship with our Maker like we were designed for.

Living out the Message:

Trust
By Barb Barnhart, Preschool Coordinator

Trust! That is the application with which Pastor Tim challenged us. It was not just to trust, but in whom we should trust—Jesus. How do we trust in one we cannot see? Someone with whom we must spend time in His Word to get to know? In a word, it sounds simple, but in reality, it takes more than just speaking the word.

Trust is defined as the firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength in someone. For us, that Someone is Jesus. What must we do to trust Jesus? The beginning of our trust journey is to rely on Him as our Savior. We must realize our problem is sin (missing the mark with God), the solution is Jesus (because of Who He was and What He came to do for us), and responding to God with faith (trust).

Once we are in this relationship with Jesus, He enables us to grow in knowing Him through His Word, His Creation, Prayer, and the guidance of other believers. This is a living relationship that continually grows and matures. Trust grows as we come to believe His Promises. Matthew 11:28-30 states Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

At times we want to see this promise fulfilled in our lives as that of a little baby learning to walk, who falls and one quickly picks them up, dusts them off and sends the little one happily on their way. Most often though, the picture of trust should be seen as that of one coming alongside of you and walking with you through the journey, guiding and caring for you. This is how Jesus provides us with rest. We no longer must live this life alone. We now have a burden bearer.

Our trust in Jesus grows through experience. As the Holy Spirit intercedes for us, trust grows. In the same way the Spirit also joins to help in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with unspoken groanings. And He who searches the hearts knows the Spirit’s mind-set, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:26–28)

One final thought: though we are unable to see Him, Jesus knew that our trust in Him would bring us His blessing. He said as He prayed in the Garden, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29)

As you continue this journey of Trusting in Jesus, who is worthy of your trust, hold tightly to His promises. You can have a firm belief in Jesus! He is the ultimate in reliability, truth, ability and strength.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

We know that it is great to make it a daily practice to read your Bible or devotional, and pray. This week as you are reading and praying, write out your thoughts on the scripture and list your prayer requests in a notebook or journal.  It is wonderful to read back through your entries. It is a way to watch your growth in trusting Jesus, our Savior and Friend.

Jesus is worthy of your trust!