TRUST GOD: Do I Trust Me?
It sounds profound and religious, but I am not quite certain what it means to trust God? Can I sit back and He will take care of me? Can I stick out my neck and have Him save me from making a fool of myself? Can I say something I should not have said and have God straighten it out for me? This kind of logic leads nowhere and spells trouble.
God does not have a problem, I do. He does not go about finding trouble, I do. The question should not be whether I trust God but whether I trust myself. Can I say no to temptation or anything that shall place me in a predicament and others along with me? Trust has to do with self- confidence. I am endowed by the Creator to make out on my own and with others. I can be encouraged by others, but they cannot make me do what I in my conscience know would not benefit me or anyone else (Ro.2: 12-16). And if I cannot trust in me, how can I expect others to trust me? A recent Blogger put it well, “When someone says, ‘trust me’ run!”
Do others run from me when I offer myself as a warranty of trust? How reliable is my promise, my handshake or even my written contract. As a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I was once challenged as to how dependable I was. The challenger was asked, if the man is unreliable, why does his family trust him? Why are they all in Church and yours are not? Jesus made it very clear that if I could not be trusted with what I do, who is going to trust me with their lives and possessions (Lk.16: 10-12)? While I was pasturing, God had placed souls in my care and I had to be trusted not to misdirect them (Heb.13: 17). Once I wrote a Dissertation where I quoted 150 experts and one examiner would not pass me because I had not represented faith in myself. From that day on, I concentrated on Jesus and His teaching and still do today. The 150 experts did not represent me. I had to represent myself to Jesus for He is the only one that is the way to mine as well as your eternal destiny (Jn.14: 6).
The Great Paul wrote, “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you – unless, of course, you fail the test? And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test” (II Cor.13: 5-6). “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (I Cor.2: 2).
The test is, do I trust me so that I can be trusted? I am praying that I do.