Do you really trust Him?
“Trust me, I will catch you”. It is one of those team building exercises where you fold your hands across your chest and fall backwards - ‘trusting’ your friend to catch you before you crack your head open from the fall.
This picture comes to mind when I think of completely trusting the Holy Spirit - only this time it is as if I am standing, blindfolded on the edge of a 2000 foot cliff. The Holy Spirit is ‘floating’ somewhere between me and the rocks below. He says, “Trust me, I will catch you”. “Are you sure? Can you give me a little more assurance? How? When? Will far will I fall? Oh, sure I trust you. I just need a little more of an idea of what to expect.”
I am not sure it is really an issue of trust as much as it is an issue of wanting to be in control. We really don’t like the unknown do we? If we can just stay in control, we can rest because we know the outcome. In their new book; The Choice: The Christ-Centered pursuit of Kingdom Outcomes, Hoag, Rodin, and Willmer, discuss one of the strongest temptations that Jesus faced - ‘Turning the stones into bread’, or the Need to be in Control.
“The decision to resist the temptation to control, impacts all we say, think, and do. The idea that we would give up control willingly, replacing it with an intentional humility and absolute dependence on God whom we cannot see is ludicrous alongside our cultural mores. Yet, this is the course Jesus charts, and in so doing He ushers in a kingdom value for everyone who would take up their cross daily and follow Him.
Our society thirsts for self-determination and individual advancement… Alternatively, Jesus calls us to rest in the Father’s care. What will we do? Are we experiencing the liberation (that comes) from the life of trust?"
Or remain - at least partially in control - by trusting Him only
with certain areas or decisions of our life.
blindfolded, step to the edge of the cliff and
The CHOICE: The Christ-Centered pursuit of Kingdom Outcomes.
By Gary Hoag, Scott Rodin & Wesley Willmer