Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – May 21, 2016
I put Shelemiah the priest, Zadok the scribe, and a Levite named Pedaiah in charge of the storerooms and made Hanan son of Zaccur, the son of Mattaniah, their assistant, because these men were considered trustworthy. They were made responsible for distributing the supplies to their brothers. Nehemiah 13:13
God’s primary prerequisite for service is trustworthiness. He is not looking for the most gifted, the most talented, the wealthiest, the most attractive, or the most popular. God is interested in bestowing His blessing on those who can be trusted. Trustworthiness is an attribute that invites God to participate. It is an invitation for His encouragement, His wisdom, and His responsibilities. Being in a position where God can trust you is a humbling place. His trust is both energizing and daunting. The God of the universe trusts you to implement His will for your life. Because of your good name and faithfulness, He trusts you to represent Him well. He trusts you with His reputation, His truth, His children, His wisdom, His church, His spirit, His work, and His Kingdom.
You serve and love a trusting heavenly Father who enjoys extending Himself to those who can be trusted. Therefore, do not shrink back from God’s trust. He has given you this opportunity because He trusts you. You are responsible because He has put you in this position of authority. Your role is to represent Him responsibly, so be quick to give Him the credit for the success you are experiencing. Remain trustworthy, for He can withdraw His blessing as quickly as He gave it.
Continue to bathe each day in prayer and thanksgiving. Seek wisdom and counsel from those smarter and more experienced than you, for a trustworthy individual is teachable. You are a lifetime learner who understands the need to grow with the organization. Education and experience are meant to be tools for developing and extending your trustworthiness. Daniel trusted God in the middle of his test. “The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God” (Daniel 6:23).
People trust others who are trusted by God. The character qualities that are attractive to God are the same traits that elicit the trust of family, friends, and work associates. Your good name is your most valuable asset. Guard it with a God-fearing vigilance. People love and respect you. This is an honor much greater than fame or fortune. People follow those they trust. Their investment of time and money is in direct proportion to your level of trustworthiness.
“This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone” (Titus 3:8).
So let your life and actions—not your words—prove you are trustworthy. Do more than what’s expected. Keep your word and follow through. Attention to the little things builds big blessings. But, above all else, focus on “being” rather than “doing.” Be who you are in Christ, and the proper “doing” will follow. In Christ, you are loved, accepted, forgiven, and trusted. Abide in Him, and others will clamor for your attention and time. Are you considered trustworthy? If so, your life is an invitation for God and people to join you. Trust Him and others, and you will be trusted by both.
PrayerHeavenly Father, I trust You to keep me trustworthy with Your favor and blessings.
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