Do you trust God?
How would you answer this question? For many years I genuinely thought I did, but one day as I prepared to deliver a Leadership course on cultivating trust with the members of your team, I realised that what I thought was trust, was only really respect. It wasn’t trust at all.
As I paged through The Leadership Handbook (by Peter Scholtes) I came across a diagram that explained that in order to build trust with the members of your team, you needed to demonstrate both competency and care; team members need to know that their leader is both capable to deliver results, whilst at the same time caring about their individual welfare.
If a team leader scored high on caring but low on competency, team members would feel a great deal of affection towards them, but they wouldn’t necessarily trust that leader. Leaders who score high on competency but low on caring are often highly respected, but not actually trusted.
As I studied that leadership model, the Holy Spirit arrested me. In His gentle way, He pointed out to me that I believed that God was competent, but I didn’t quite believe that He cared. I knew He could do the impossible, I just wasn’t sure that He wanted to do it for me. I didn’t believe that He truly cared.
Galatians 5:6 in the Amplified Classic says that our faith is activated, energised and working through love. It is the revelation of the love of God that adds the power to our words and actions. It was the caring element, that I was missing. And it affected my faith… not in a good way.
According to the Google dictionary, trust (as a verb) is defined as “believing in the reliability, truth or ability of something or someone…” other words that are linked to trust is “faith”, “confidence” and “hope”. We cannot have faith in God without trust. Trust comes when we believe that God is both able and willing to do the impossible for us and through us; because He can AND because He wants to; because He loves us!
I want to be one of those who truly trusts in the Lord:
- They are like mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever (Psalm 125:1 NIV)
- They will never be disgraced (Romans 10:11 NLT)
- They find new strength (Isaiah 40:31 NLT)
- They lack no good thing (Psalm 34:10 NLT)
- They always produce fruit, even when times are tough (Jeremiah 17:7-8)
Dear friend, do you believe that God wants to do the impossible for you? Maybe you need healing, deliverance, provision or restoration today. Can I encourage you to do a heart-check? It’s easy to believe that God is able to do the impossible, it’s a little more tricky to be confident that He has your total wellbeing in mind. That He loves you and that He is not just able to save, but so willing.
I pray that during this coming week, you will encounter His heart for you. And that you will have a fresh revelation of His marvelous love. May you have a powerful experience of His loving kindness and tender mercies. May you hear His words of love pour into your soul, like a rushing wave. May it activate and energise your faith. May you see that mountain melt like wax in the presence of the Lord. May His mighty love burn brightly in you.
In Jesus Name.
Today, I hear the Father say: “Unshakable One. Stand your ground. Don’t look to the left or the right. Don’t be intimidated by the winds that would try to uproot you. You are ingrafted in me. My Spirit-life runs through your veins. Nothing can separate you from my love. You, my love, are deeply loved.” ❤