Sometimes we distrust God because we misconstrue his intentions.
We view them in light of our wants and needs, and when he fails to satisfy these desires, we lose confidence in him.
Jesus And His Disciples
The disciples of Jesus were thrilled when he announced his intention to establish a kingdom on earth.
They assumed Jesus would move to Jerusalem, overthrow the Roman authorities, replace the Jewish religious leaders, and rule the world like an earthly king.
The disciples thought they were going to be powerful ministers in this new kingdom. Instead, their dreams of glory died with Jesus on the cross.
The disciples were baffled by this outcome.
They did not understand until after his resurrection that Jesus was executing a different plan that was more elaborate and longer-term than what they envisioned.
The disciples were right about the end result of this plan.
Jesus will eventually establish a physical kingdom on earth in which the disciples have special standing.
But they were wrong about the timing.
God And Us
The Bible says God intends to give us an abundant life and prosper us.
We would like to think this means he will grant us everything our hearts desire while we reside on earth.
Like the disciples, we are right about God’s intended outcome, but we are wrong about the timing.
God intends to bless reborn believers in the next life with the abundance and prosperity we currently seek—physical, spiritual, material, and societal.
Until then, his priority is to foster in us, though communion with him, true contentment that is independent of our circumstances.
Why does God make us wait until the next life to fulfill all our desires? Why does he not satisfy them now?
Because God plans to ultimately give us more than our hearts currently know to desire. He intends to fulfill us in ways and at levels that exceed our imagination.
The consequences of sin, in and around us, presently prevent us from imagining or experiencing this degree of fulfillment.
We leave these consequences behind when we enter heaven.