Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. - John 14:1
Can God be trusted? This question, whether I like to admit it or not, is one I ask every day. My answer is revealed in my actions, words, and thoughts.
When I am anxious and try to solve all my problems, when I worry about life, when I put my faith in things over the Creator, I answer this question. My focus moves away from trusting in Jesus to trusting in myself, my possessions, or my plans.
Jesus repeatedly said to his disciples and followers, "Trust in God; trust also in me." In his parables, teachings, and his own actions he demonstrated that when we fail to trust in God's provision for our lives we sin. We take God off the throne and replace Him with ourselves.
In his book Cost of Discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer says,
It is senseless to pretend that we can make provision because we cannot alter the circumstances of this world. Only God can take care, for it is he who rules the world. Since we cannot take care, since we are so completely powerless, we ought to not do it either. If we do, we are dethroning God and presuming to rule the world ourselves.
Can God be trusted? was the question Adam and Eve answered when they chose to eat the apple from the tree. When Adam chose woman over God. When Eve listened to Satan rather than recalling the meaning behind the teachings of God.
Can God be trusted? is the question I answer every day in my home, my work, and my personal life. Do I truly believe he will provide for me and care for me, or will I take control and put myself upon the throne?
Father thank you for loving us so much that you promise to take care of us and provide for us. Help me to enter into that space of total reliance and dependance upon you alone. Jesus, I want your faith in the Father. I want to trust also in you. Help me to have kingdom thinking when I am anxious, worried, and feeling the need to "solve everything". Amen.
- Where do you struggle to release everything to God in your leadership?
- What causes you to worry and be anxious? Have you turned these concerns over to God?
- As a leader, are you creating a culture where people see your faith and dependence on God?
Make it a great day!