When you’re stressed, how do you respond? Is your trust misplaced? Some of us wear our stress like a badge. We’re proud of it because it makes us important. The fact of the matter is, our stress says less about the importance of our lives and more about the impotence of our faith. We may put our trust in people, but people will disappoint us. It works well to put your faith in talent until you realize you’re not the most talented. It works well to put your faith in your strength until you face a problem that’s stronger than you. But Dallas Willard reminds us, “Don’t trust your best. Do your best and trust God.”
May you find a way to do your best without trusting your best, because you’ve put your trust in God. One of the most significant ways people have found they grow in Christ is to regularly read the Bible. Carve out some time and go to an online Bible and search “trust.” Read everything that comes up in the Psalms and Proverbs. See what jumps out and engage God over it. The good news is, trusting gets easier.
Primary text: James 4:13-17
Other texts in this message: Proverbs 27:1, Psalm 90:12, Psalm 39:4-7, Psalm 146:3, Proverbs 23:4-5, Proverbs 31:30, Psalm 20:7, Jeremiah 9:23-24
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Proverbs 27:1, Psalm 90:12, Psalm 39:4-7, Psalm 146:3, Proverbs 23:4-5, Proverbs 31:30, Psalm 20:7, Jeremiah 9:23-24, James 4:13-17, Trust, Troy Champ, James: The Way of Wisdom, Don’t trust your best Do your best and trust God.