Right now I’m in the middle of a season where the focus is on TRUST. Who am I going to trust? And as I dig into this, I think this really is the foundation question we all have to answer. I love the directness of Jesus when he is comforting the disciples and says in John 14:1 “Trust in God. Trust in me also.” There is no ambiguity here. He gives us the answer. But so many times, I miss this and try to trust in myself. And then I come up short; every time. This cycle repeats. It makes no sense because I know the outcome.
I find many people that trust God when their circumstances are good. It’s easy to trust someone when your bank account is positive, kids are not kicked out of school, and your wife still kisses you. But what about trust when things are going terrible? I find that number of hands go down significantly and many lose trust in God when they are in the middle of a hail storm. God doesn’t want our trust part time or when things are just good. Notice how Jesus didn’t say, “Trust in God. Trust in me also…when things are going great.” There were no conditions on His statement. He wants our complete trust, no matter what.
So God is asking me right now, “Chris, do you really trust me?” I love when God calls me out and forces me to think and work. He has already given me the answer so now is my response.
I once heard a story about Jim Elliot’s wife, Elizabeth. And she was talking about how she dealt with Jim’s death. And in the story, she was asked what’s the foundation of her faith. Her response has stuck in the front of my brain for six years when she said, “Trust, what else is there?”
God is asking me and I think He is also asking you, “Do you really trust me, because it’s the foundation of a relationship; what else is there.”