Can you be “irresponsible” enough to trust God?

Can you be “irresponsible” enough to trust God?

The following article was written by Ben Gilmore and is posted at with his permission. Enjoy!

Most of us have made nervous jokes about trusting God. I like to illustrate it with the story of Peter walking on the water. (Take a folding chair as the boat.) Peter is on his knees in the boat (chair) looking over the side. Jesus bids him, “Come.”

Peter climbs out of the boat (over the chair back) standing with one hand on the boat’s gunnel (chair back). Jesus encourages him. Peter “walks on the water” pulling the boat (chair) behind him. Jesus tells him to keep his eyes on Him and turn loose of the boat.

Now Peter cannot take eyes off Jesus without sinking. He feels behind him and for all he knows the boat is long gone. Only after he turns loose of the boat is he being irresponsible enough to trust God! It isn’t “trust” if he is holding onto the boat!

There is a “flip side” to balance this story. — If it isn’t Jesus bidding, Peter’s presumption is going to get him wet!

The existence of a problem is NOT a mandate to take responsibility for a solution. There were lots of problems Jesus walked past without addressing. In times past (I’ll be 80 this month) I have jumped in (unbidden) to help God. It wasn’t pretty!

I guess it is human nature to want to do things FOR God, rather than permit Him to do things THROUGH me. A form of pride.

All that to say this. Every evidence is that our nation is being led by people with an honest, sincere desire to destroy it, and replace it with a global benevolent aristocracy. Power is far more addictive than the strongest heroin, or sex drive.

As radical as it may sound, our foundations are systematically being attacked. It appears so openly blatant, that those in power behave as if there will be martial law, rather than traditional elections in 2010. Power grown too strong will not be yielded voluntarily.

Continuing with illustrations of the problem would only produce frustration, hopelessness, and anger. Not very useful goals!

What are we to do?

First – Stay cool. “Be still and know that I am God.” Christ said, “My peace give I unto you. Not as the world giveth….” If we will stay prayed up and open, we can use that “peace” like a compass needle for direction. Pride is what we must put aside. Let Him work through us rather than seeking to “do it for God” (and take the credit!).

I do not doubt for a second that this situation is firmly in the Lord’s hand. He will surely call some to lead and others to follow. Some will be called as candidates, others as organizers, still others as reporters and historians. There is only one General, the rest of us are privates!

Second – Expect God to move in positive ways for our best interests. That may seem hard to do, but it is not. “Privates” just follow orders! Draw close to Him and He will draw close to you. Follow the peace He uses to direct YOUR individual path. DO NOT allow yourself to be swept up into mindless activity, but be sensitive to recognize Godly leaders should they arise.

Third – This is NOT license to kick back in a self righteous “holy huddle” and sing “Cum by’a”. When God gave the promised land to the Israelites, He added, “Now go fight for it!” Each of us has a job to do if His work, and that of our forefathers, is not to have been done in vain! Pray, find the peace (which may pass understanding!), get your orders, and get on with it!

Proverbs 16:3

4 thoughts on “Can you be “irresponsible” enough to trust God?

  1. “The existence of a problem is NOT a mandate to take responsibility for a solution.”

    I am struggling with this. A friend is starting a new church. He prayed for guidance in calling on people to help him. My name was one of the ones that came to his mind. I felt this was a calling from God to join him in this church.

    My wife (as well as myself) is just now starting to feel at home at a church we have attended for two years. I still feel like I should join him and help in the new church. But then, The existence of a problem is NOT a mandate to take responsibility for a solution.

    Do I go to the new church or stay where I am? These questions were so much easier when it was just me. Now my wife and four kids are effected by my decisions.

    Can I be “irresponsible” enough to trust God?

    It might be easier if I knew for sure it was God calling me to this new church and not the pastor.

  2. Thank you for such a great article!

    The time has passed in which good people can side by and rely on others to work things out.

    What we do now to stop the rapid deterioration of America at the hands of traitors elected through ignorance will make a big statement in history.

    But the only correct way is God’s way, just as you stated. And every precaution must be taken to insure the direction followed is the one in which He is leading.

    God Bless

  3. Just for the record, I (ThirstyJon) didn’t write this article. Ben Gilmore did. This is a “guest blogger” post by Ben. 🙂

    Thoughts for Steve: In the end, it matters what God is saying to you, not someone else. I have seen people end up really discouraged when they let someone else’s “word from the Lord” be their guidance. As Loren Cunningham (in Is that Really You God?) quoted his mother as saying “With something this important, God will tell me Himself.”


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