Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Trusting God or shirking responsibility?

Maybe sometimes when I say I just want to "trust God" and put something "in His hands," I'm really just saying I don't want to take responsibility for something. The feeling of "freedom" in trusting God may just be the freedom from obligation. I'm not so sure that's exactly what God meant when he said to trust Him. The Biblical stories show a God who entrusts men and women with responsibilities and their response is to trust that God had a plan. But now it seems like when we say to trust God it means we remove responsibility from us and place responsibility onto God.

1 comment:

His Name Extoled said...

Absolutely agree here. Trusting God properly understood should give us peace and courage and frankly the ability to act one one trust (and the responsibility to do so). Trust that is purely passive and relied on God to do what is required is nothing short of testing God. There are occasions where "trust" means "wait for God to act", but it is never a responsibility to laziness.

It reminds me of the people who (I used to count myself) say that they are trying to find God's calling for their life, and in the mean time they're just not making choices about their own future. It was eyeopening and refreshing when I came to the belief that while receiving an affirmation for God on a life pursuit is good, we have a brain and we are supposed to use that brain to act responsibly and wisely and make decisions regarding our life. Passivity when it shirks responsibility is a problem, and I agree it is rampant in the church these days.

"What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead."
(James 2:14-17 ESV)