I had a talk with my church’s music team yesterday. It was about the concept of trust as a static or mobile disposition. I know a lot of nonbelievers struggle with the idea of leaving your hopes and ambitions to an unseen force. Similarly, a lot of believers are disappointed when God allegedly does not “show up.”
I will ask you the same question I started with. When you think of the word “Trust,” do you think of a state of motion or static. I’m assuming a lot of people associate trusting God with ideas like “waiting on the lord,” “stand still and know…”
By the way, do you know that after Moses said “stand still and…” the Israelites still had to WALK through the parted Red Sea. Do you know that in Habbakuk chapter two, the word or instruction to tarry and wait for the vision came later? The first instruction was to write the vision so that anyone that reads it will “RUN.” (Habbakuk 2:2&3).
In the words of the Proverbs by Solomon, he said: trust in the lord.” A lot of us interpret this to mean not acting or doing nothing. Yes we can do nothing “of ourselves..” but with God “we can and should do all things.”
I said this at the talk:
“The minute I discovered my vision and the plans of God for my life. I started to do as many things as possible to make them come to reality.”
It is disservice to God when he reveals his plans to us and we sit still waiting for a Messiah who has come, died and risen. He said he would give us power and greater works shall we do.
Why are you not doing anything about your dreams, visions or goals?
Here are the excuses that come from the static “trust mentality:
- I am not good enough, I need to be made perfect.
- God will do it in his own time.
- I cannot do anything that God has not asked me to do.
Do you remember the parable of the talents? The guy who did nothing with the one talent he was given. He said, he was not sure what the will of the Master was or the kind of person he is. He would rather wait to know all the facts and see the full picture of things before acting.
The others just went ahead to do something with what they had. That is my definition of trust.
Finally in James 2: 17-22, you will find that one of the things that evidences faith is actually working. The writer says “I will by my works show you my faith.” You really do not exercise faith or trust by doing nothing. Maybe you wanted to express magic, not faith. Faith and trust are expressions of reliance on another while you do your part.
Say you have a bargain with someone that you would both wash half the laundry. You could wait till they wash theirs before washing yours, or you could just wash yours trusting that they would do their part.
Now that is the new perception of trust in God that I would want to share with you. I hope this gives you enough drive to pursue your dreams actively in this new month. Keep asking “what can I do with the circumstances and resources I have at hand?”