“He [God] know our deepest fears and longings better than anyone, and He is supremely confident that these places of weakness and vulnerability are where He can prove Himself trustworthy to us.”- Banning Liebscher
“The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, is whom I will trust.”- Psalm 18:2 (NKJV)
In Chapter 3 (“The Trust Factor”) of Rooted, Banning Liebscher underscores that God primarily pursues our trust as He develops our root system. Thus, every key to thriving in the root-building process requires the same crucial factor: trust. Conversely, Pastor Liebscher notes, anything we do to avoid cooperating with God denotes an act of mistrust.
Furthermore, God not only builds that trust through the process – trust also gets us through the process. In addition, the author states, trust consists of two basic elements: intimacy and dependence. These two elements define what Jesus meant when He told us to remain in Him as He remained in the Father. Most noteworthy, Banning stresses the only way Jesus builds our root system of abiding connection. It comes through a process that repeatedly asks, “Do you trust Me?” And our root system grows every time we affirm that trust.
However, it should come as no surprise that Satan primarily targets and assaults our trust in God. The Enemy dedicates himself to convincing us God either withholds good things or fails to protect us from bad things.
Consequently, we must remember why God leads us into places of vulnerability. Banning explains it’s in those places where Jesus proves His trustworthiness. The author writes:
” . . . God leads us into places of vulnerability where the deep things in our hearts are exposed and where He gets to reveal Himself as our protector and the One who fulfills our deepest desires. He is committed to showing us, through His process in our lives, that we can trust Him with the deep things of our hearts because they are also the deep things of His heart for us.”
Today’s question: What defines your greatest places of weakness and vulnerability? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Knowing God’s name – personal knowledge and encounter”