I was reading in 1 Samuel 27 where David and his men had left Israel to live in the land of the Philistines. David had grown tired of running from Saul and having to trust the Father day to day for his protection and direction. As I was reading this passage, the Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, “Many of my people are suffering from trust fatigue.” The moment He said this, I received a download and knew exactly what He meant.
People with trust fatigue find themselves just like David in the land of the Philistines. They’ve been given promises, prophetic callings, and have been anointed for tasks they have yet to attain. They’ve entered into the wilderness of preparation. They’ve learned or are still learning instant obedience, trust for provision, leadership abilities, and relational skills—even to the point of honoring those who don’t appreciate them or even desire to have them around.
If you have trust fatigue, then you’ve probably already seen victory after victory. You’ve even taken down a few giants. You’ve won some great battles and you have been faithful. Nevertheless, your victories have come with a price. The continual and never-ending battles have made you tired and fatigued. The victories are sweet, but they appear to come too slowly and have required incredible amounts of effort. When the victory is won and you have escaped with your life, the victory doesn’t seem to have moved you toward your goal. It feels like you’re still just randomly running around the desert.
You’re believing for your destiny. You’re trusting for your calling. You’ve set your faith on your goals and vision. Many of these things you didn’t even ask for, but God called you to them. The prophet called you out. You have been walking in faith, but now your faith is tired.
If you have trust fatigue, you don’t want to quit the journey. You just want to hit cruise control for a season. You need a break from the desert sun and the Sauls that keep chasing you around the desert. You just want a victory that looks like a step in the direction of where God said He was calling you. You just want to use your gifts, lean into your talents, and have some fruitful ministry without a crisis. Your trust is tired.
In response, I asked the Lord, “What do you want me to do about this?” He told me, “Tell My faithful ones who have trust fatigue, that My grace is available for them. I will renew and refresh their faith in the moment.” He said to tell them about the process.
He said, “My timing is always longer than yours. You see, I’m more concerned about the process than the outcome. Just look at David and the difficulty of his preparation. He thought he was ready. Even with his difficult years of training, he still almost lost it all (2 Sam. 12:10). David thought he was ready when he was leading Saul’s army, but if he was totally prepared, then he would not have failed in his later years (1 Sam. 18:5; 1 Chron. 21:1). Tell My people that My desire is for them to be able to keep what I give them. Help them understand that I desire for them to use their faith, sow their faith, and exhaust their faith. I want all the faith they can muster to die because when their faith dies, then that’s when My faith begins.”
Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds” (John 12:24, NIV).
He added, “And when they move in My faith, then the mountains are going to move.”
“’Have faith in God,’ Jesus answered. ‘Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, “Go, throw yourself into the sea,’”and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins”‘ (Mark 11:22-25, NIV).
Then He said, “Encourage My people and tell them the victories that they have won are not random, but I am positioning them to reap their promise, and if they’re faithful, then they will see their promises being fulfilled—in smaller measures at first then at greater degrees as they continue in faithfulness.”
My hope and prayer are that if you find yourself in a place of trust fatigue that the Lord will refresh you and you’ll be renewed in the process. Because the Body of Christ and the Kingdom of God need you to be all that you can be. Go forth in God’s faith in Jesus’s name.