While attending a corporate retreat which was designed to facilitate camaraderie, teamwork and a club mentality, I had an interesting experience.
The company hired a Team Building company to come in and perform a series of training exercises. They had one training exercise which was particularly fascinating. This exercise designed to build your trust with your coworkers and develop teamwork at the same time. The exercise was called ‘Trust Fall’.
Trust Fall was an exercise that required two individuals. The first individual (Person A) had to trust the second individual (Person B) to complete the exercise successfully. Person A was the one learning to trust. Person B was the one who had to be trustworthy.
Person A was told to stand straight with their arms crossed over their chest and keep their legs stiff. At the command of the instructor, they were told to fall backward, trusting that person B would catch them. It was particularly fascinating to note that there were inherently built-in dangerous assumptions concerning this exercise by the Trainer.
While the exercise had its desired effects, the Trainer dangerously assumed the following:
- Person B desired to catch Person A.
- Person B had the ability and strength to catch Person A.
- Person B was in the right position to catch Person A.
Each of these items was required for Person B to successfully catch Person A. In this exercise, we were asked to trust people that were mere co-workers and acquaintances at best, with our health and well-being. If the Person B had failed in any one of the previously mentioned requirements, the results for Person A would have been disastrous!
As Christians, the Lord, (who has an infinitely better track record than a corporate trainer or co-worker), is asking us to trust Him when things happen.
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” -Pro 3:5-6 KJV
He is proven and fulfills every single criterion for Person B of the Trust Fall. The Bible tells us:
“God’s way is perfect! The promise of the LORD has proven to be true. He is a shield to all those who take refuge in him.” – Psa 18:30 GW
“For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: …” -Pro 24:16 KJV
God desires for us to prosper. We can’t prosper if we fall and hurt ourselves badly. He wants us to catch us when the vicissitudes of life happen! We must learn to trust that He truly wants us to trust Him to catch us!
“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” – 3 Jn 1:2 KJV
We must know that He has the ability and strength to catch us.
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. “ – 2 Co 12:9-10 KJV
God is not weak nor is His arm so short that He cannot reach into your life to help you. God knows the very numbers on your head and cares about every detail of your life.
We must know that God is always in the perfect position to catch us:
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” – Psa 46:1
He is ever-present. All we have to do is call upon the Name of Jesus.
The real issue here was that the level of trust was in direct proportion to their level of relationship with each other. In the corporate version of the Trust Fall, the better that you knew the co-worker, the more likely you were to have a better sense of trusting them to catch you. If the co-worker was a stranger to you, then it was an extremely hair-raising exercise, to say the least! There was always that nagging doubt and question: “would they actually catch me?”
The real issue here is that your level of trust is in direct proportion to your level of relationship with Jesus. In the spiritual version of Trust Fall, the better that you know God, the Father, Jesus, the Son and the Holy Ghost, the better sense that you have that The Lord will be there for you in times of trouble. The better you get to know Jesus, the more you will realize that He will be there to catch you.
A challenging and disturbing thought is that people can be Christians, Saved and in The House of the Lord, but still don’t know Him or how to trust Him. Some still don’t know that He is an ever-present help in trouble in a tangible way. Some still trust their eyes, ears, facts, and figures more than the promises of our God. Some still have not taken it to heart, that He is there for their good.
The Word of God reminds us:
“It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.” – Psa 118:8 KJV
We are further reminded:
“God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?“ – Num 23:19 KJV
Let us not be the kind of Christian that can trust strangers to catch us but can’t trust the True and Living God. Let us not be the kind of people that rely on our abilities instead of what God has said that He would do. Let us not be the kind of people that believe God only partially.
We challenge you this day to learn to use your faith on a new level. Learn to trust God in His Word. Has He spoken a promise to you? Have you received a personal prophetic word from mature prophets? Have you had the training to know the difference between the Spirit and fantasy? Have you taken the time to read the Bible for yourself to discover all of the exciting promises that have been written?
“For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.” – 2Co 1:20 KJV
The next part of your journey towards the next level of faith starts today. The next level of learning to trust, leaning and relying on God begins now. Learn to trust God at this new level. Know that He safely has you in the ‘Trust Fall’ exercises of life.
Be Encouraged! You can do it! And know that:
He’s got your back!
May God’s Grace Abundantly Reign In Your Life!
-Apostle Ric Steele
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I needed this tonight! Tonight is the first time I have “shared” my blog with friends and family and I felt God reminding me to trust Him! He whispered “Why stop trusting Me now??