How strong is your faith? How far will you go to prove out your trust in your Creator and Savior? The answer to that question should be..."as far as He leads me to go." Most believers will not object to that answer, most will concur and agree that it is their answer but to what extent have believers pushed the boundaries of their imagination to see into what it might mean in the near future to have your faith tested?
In the coming months and next few years we are likely going to witness a rapid and devastating decline into chaos on a multitude of levels in the world. What has never been a part of your life or most people's lives in the civilized world might well become commonplace. The inability to earn a living, the inability to obtain essential provisions, homelessness, detention, torture, threat of execution, disease, poisoning, war and natural disaster...this is a grim list of probable possibilities humanity is facing in the near future. Without a Father in Heaven to look towards, the unbelieving masses will have only what things they can perceive in their material existence to draw upon in answer to such calamity. Their answers will be few and insufficient...they will focus on survival of self and fall short of that ultimately. The good news, if you are a believer in Him, is that you have a better option...an Almighty and Sovereign Elohim who knows of every sparrow who falls to the ground, and much beyond any sparrow, cares for you. That is the truth every child of His is happy to hear, but there is more about trust in Him to consider than just in what ways you are benefited by it.
Trust in Him Means Living It In Real Life
When we say we trust Him...this has to mean something. Trust is a will to action, we don't take actions in our lives based upon things we do not believe will have the results we want or the results which are promised. We don't cross bridges when we can see that they are broken and likely to fall from beneath us, we don't take medicine we think is likely to do no good or cause more harm than help. It is interesting, then, that in the arena of spiritual truths, many are so willing to say they trust their Creator and simultaneously refuse to or are hesitant to take actions in their lives based on His promises.
If you found yourself employed in a position in which you began receiving orders to do things which were immoral and you knew that they were, you consequently would be convicted in your spirit by Him to leave that employment. In the worldly aspect though, comes a conflict...you might begin to worry about how you will provide for your family, what sort of work you could find and how quickly to replace the one you left. You might know in your mind and reflect upon how His promise was to provide for your needs and that your commission is to seek first His Kingdom and yet those worries and concerns in their worldly context lead you to justify the immoral actions you are being asked to perform instead of obeying His voice. Can you anymore claim to trust Him once your actions have established that you do not? This hypothetical situation could happen to anyone on any day presently, and the consequences of not trusting Him might be quite devastating, yet there is still a chance for a point of repentance...but what happens on the day that the choice to trust Him comes down to a final test of the metal of your faith, when the consequences of choosing wrongly are eternal?
Since the great popularity of a series of books entitled "Left Behind"...the body of believers in Him, have in great numbers, jumped upon a bandwagon of doctrine set forth in these books as if it had come from the pages of scripture itself. It would seem that it is still the case now that most mainline "Christians" are awaiting a day in the near future where they will be swept away into the clouds by Messiah, prior to the great upheaval of a tribulation period in order that they might be spared from it. This is a real feel-good doctrine. No one wants to imagine themselves living through hell on Earth and those who propose a pre-tribulation rapture event have a sense in their minds that Elohim would not put them through such a thing. The reality of the matter does not look this way in scripture. There is exactly zero reference to any event which would spare believers from the tribulation in His Word. It is in fact, very pointedly made clear that He will put His people through the fire to test the sincerity of their resolve to be His.
And those of the people who understand shall instruct many. Yet for many days they shall fall by sword and flame, by captivity and plundering. Now when they fall, they shall be aided with a little help, but many shall join with them by intrigue. And some of those of understanding shall fall, to refine them, purify them, and make them white, until the time of the end, because it is still for the appointed time. - Daniel 11:33-35
At that time Miyka'el shall stand up, the great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people, and there shall be a time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation. Even to that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, every one who is found written in the book, and many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake. Some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the expanse and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever. But you, Daniye'l, shut up the words and seal the book until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro and knowledge shall increase." - Daniel 12: 1-4
Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you and you will be hated by all nations for My name's sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.
And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold, but he who endures to the end shall be saved. - Matthew 24: 9-13
If you are a believer, ask yourself this day, how much your life proves that you trust Him...and ask yourself how hot of a fire you are willing to go through to prove your trust in Him. We are approaching a time in history when those who dare speak His name will be condemned to death...when those who will not concede to the identifying credentials of the Beast and his system will be denied the ability to buy provisions or sell anything to anyone. Have you reached a point of maturity in which you are prepared to face the last days? It is time to know the answer, and it is time that the little lambs still feeding on milk grow to rams capable of digesting the solid food of His truth.
If you are not a believer, understand that the path we walk is not for the faint hearted, but that we follow the One, the Only, and the Completely Trustworthy way to an eternal, imperishable reward and reconciliation to the Creator of all that exists. You might have found an easier path to walk through this fallen world on, but you have not found a genuine road to anything but an ultimately short and perishable existence in which is no fulfillment, meaning or peace. Every second that passes is one second closer for you to the point of no return...i invite you to come find out why we are a people willing to lay it all on the line for someone named Yahushua.
If He says stand, be ready to stand, if He says speak, be ready to speak, if He says resist, be prepared to resist and if He says "You will go into captivity to be thoroughly tested in the furnace.", prepare your answer that it might it be "Yes, My King." Endure to the end.