WAKE UP TO A SENSE OF KNOWING

Fr. Leo Benjamin

Trusting God is something we talk about casually in our lives, but when it comes down to it, we must ask ourselves, do we really trust Him or are we just saying we trust Him because we think we should?  If we are really going to learn to trust God, we need to realize that it’s not a logical thing to trust in a God that we cannot see, feel or touch with our natural senses.  Therefore, if we are going learn to trust God, our formless, shapeless inner conscious being, the part of us that experiences God must WAKE UP to a sense of KNOWING God and trusting Him, which sense comes from our knowing Him personally and being in a personal relationship with Him.

No matter what we see, no matter what we hear and no matter what goes on around us, we come to the realization that this world we live in, with all its pleasures and troubles, does nothing to build our trust in God, but only OVERWHELMS us with facts.  These facts are designed to get us to trust everything but God.  So how do we come to the place in our lives where we can experience this trusting relationship with God, confident in the knowledge that He is our provider, our healer, our deliverer and our savior?

Worldly trust comes from believing the facts.  These facts leave us with a false sense of security.  In turn, our confidence is based on a world of deception and lies; not a very secure place to live.  We read in Psalm 4:2, “O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame?  How long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Strong’s H3577 Selah.”  The word leasing means deceitful and false, which is indicative of the world we live in.  When we base our trust on worldly facts and not on God, we turn God’s glory into shame.

The Lord has provided so much more for us.  What he desires to give each of us is incredible.  We read in Luke 12:31-32, “But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”  We have to ask what is this kingdom He speaks about.  The Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 14:17, “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.”

So how do we learn to walk and live from the examples given of this heavenly kingdom?

We read in Psalm 4:3-4, “But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him. Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.  Selah.”  Remember it’s an experience of knowing Strong’s H3045 that can only be had by learning to connect with God emotionally by communing Strong’s H559 with Him with your own heart.  By learning to use your creative inner talk or speech, you must ask yourself whether your inner speech is reflective of that which is godly, Strong’s H2623 being faithful and kind in one’s own heart.In Psalm 4:5, we come to the word trust.  It is nothing short of amazing.  In Hebrew, trust is batach” Strong’s H982 which means not in a logical sense.  It is a feeling of trust that is based on an inner experience.  This inner trust gives us a sense of knowing, a confidence coupled with great optimism, that wells up from a deep place in our soul, even when the facts tell us otherwise. The Lord gives us the ability to draw from this fountain of grace when we learn to live in the world, but not be of the world, for the world is filled with deceitful, false lies.  You can see why when the disciples were questioning Jesus on the facts, He reminds them of the Kingdom of God.  We read in Mark 9:23, “Jesus said unto him if thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”  That belief is not in the facts of the world, but in the heavenly facts, which belief creates in us a knowing based on our confidence we receive from our faith in God. In light of this word, it is important to ask ourselves, are we trusting the experience from above, knowing that it is the only way to know God is by personal experience, or are we trusting in the facts of life?

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