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Something Radical

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By Hannah Briscoe

What has begun as a very personal work in my life has deepened into a cry for breakthrough for my generation. I believe that God desires to do something completely radical that goes against our cultural and empirical instincts, a drastic stance that will unlock our destiny. This something is called trust.

Three years ago I read this scripture while sitting in an airport, and it has not stopped speaking to me since: “Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday” (Psalm 37:5-6). The word “commit” was marked by a note in the margin saying “roll off onto.” BAM! I felt the impact.

Imagine pushing a huge rock over the top of a hill. You are in control until that one moment when you have crossed the point of no return and the stone builds momentum as it bounds down the hill and there is no getting it back. This picture provokes my imagination to the implications of trust. I can either fully commit everything to the Lord and roll my cares off onto Him, or I can try to manage control myself until I become so weary that the stone rolls back on me and I am crushed.

Mistrust was sown in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve began to doubt God’s goodness and the integrity of His motivations towards them. They had walked with God and relied on Him fully for their every need and desire; now because of their mistrust and sin, they began a life of toil and work to meet their own needs.

Adam and Eve were in Paradise, yet did not trust in the way their Father had instructed them to walk. Contrast this with Yeshua’s struggle in another Garden, Gethsemene.  Yeshua was in anguish over the road before Him. He was facing torture, rejection, death, and the weight of the world; yet, despite the intensity of this reality, He chose to trust His Father and to drink fully the cup that was before Him, to “commit” His way completely with no turning back. Yeshua perfectly modeled Proverbs 3:5-6.

The more intimately acquainted we are with the Lord, the more baptized in His truth we become, the deeper our trust will go. Psalm 34:8 says, “Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” Chapter 37 says also to “Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness (v. 3). Abba is calling us back to that place of communion, fellowship, friendship, and love. As He walked with Adam in the cool of the day, as He walked with Enoch before He took him from this earth, so He desires to walk with us.

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Just as He showed me so clearly that vision of what it means to commit, He is now showing me a picture of surrender. I keep imagining my life as a garden. I love to just dwell in His presence and tell the Father that I trust Him to be the gardener in my life. I give Him freedom to uproot anything that needs to be uprooted and to plant anything that He desires to plant. And the healing, freedom, and joy that I receive from His tender touch fills me, renews me, and redefines me according to His Love.

I want this for my generation. For those staggering around trying to find their place and identity, for those caught in the grip of fear, for those in apathy and depression, for those in confusion or hitting repeated roadblocks—there is breakthrough. But it comes at a cost. We have a choice before us—instant self-gratification by our own preferences rooted in mistrust and doubts of God’s goodness or a life of surrender, giving up all control, and trusting in the One who intimately knows and loves us.

Sometimes we don’t know where to begin. As with any relationship, trust takes a measure of faith. Perhaps our first step of faith can be honesty. Come to the Father and tell Him what is in your heart, then ask Him for what you lack. Wait on Him, rest in His presence, give Him room to work and believe that He is.

We can be the generation whose identity is not in our own strength, but in the knowledge that we are sons and daughters, beloved children of the living God. Let this become our testimony: “I waited patiently for the LORD; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth—praise to our God; many will see it and fear and will trust in the LORD” (Ps. 40:1-3).

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