July 23, 2009

Trust Enough

Written by Boyd Bailey

Trust Enough… “But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, ‘Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.” Numbers 20:12

A mature and robust trust in God can open the door of opportunity, while a flippant, immature or irreverent trust can slam the door shut on opportunity. I have to ask myself an honest question, “Do I trust God with my whole heart, or only when it is convenient?” There is such a thing as not trusting in God enough to honor Him as holy. How can I make sure I trust in God enough? I can say, “I trust God”, but do I really mean it?

Do I, deep in my heart of hearts, trust him? Do I really trust Him with my job, my boyfriend or girlfriend, my future, my health and my finances? If my trust is contingent on how I think things should go, then I really do not trust God. My trust has to be unconditional, good or bad, pretty or ugly. I will trust Him, even when I disagree or I am confused with my circumstances. Sometimes God tests you to authenticate your trust.

He wants you to know if He is sufficient, or if you find Him lacking. A test is for your benefit, because He already knows if you trust Him enough. You may be failing, just passing, average, or an honor student in God’s school of faith. Are you convinced that your trust in God is enough? Or, is it still an infant faith wrapped in insecurity?

Moving to the next level of trust is not always easy, but it is necessary for the maturing follower of Christ. The easy part is becoming a Christian; the hard part is being a Christian. This happens over time as God gives us tests of trust to grow us up in Him. We can complain, or we can thank Him that He cares so much He doesn’t want our trust to remain raw and disfigured. He is all about developing us into dedicated disciples of Jesus. Is my trust wholly dependent on the Lord alone, plus nothing else? Even enemies of Jesus recognized His total trust in His Heavenly Father, “He trusts in God” (Matthew 27:43a).

Related Readings: Psalm 37:3-5; Isaiah 12:2; John 14:1; Titus 3:8

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