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Trust – Part II

Posted in Devotional Thought, Disobedience, Jonah, Trust with tags , , on October 24, 2007 by Lee

tight rope walker “We have to be able to trust in order to have good relationships on any level. The same is true of a relationship with God. We have to be willing to trust.”

I want to use the lives of two people to talk about trust – Jonah and Daniel. I see elements of their life stories painting a great picture of trust that can teach us to trust God and others.

Let’s start with Jonah. Jonah may not be one you think of when it comes to an example of trust. Honestly, he is a great example of what not to do. But I think Jonah’s life story (the part recorded for us) can teach us some vailable things about trust.

The first chapter begins with “the word of Lord” coming to Jonah saying, “Arise and go to Nineveh.” God gives Jonah a very clear command to go. Jonah delibrately arises and goes the other direction (Jonah 1:1-3). Why would he do this?

Jonah Running

Chapter 1 does not give us any reason why Jonah turns and goes the opposite direction of where God wants him to go. (Chapter 4 gives some indication to the ‘why’ of Jonah’s fleeing “from the presence of the Lord.”) But we are not completely clear on the motive – but I think we can gather some real indications from the story.

I think Jonah’s disobedience is rooted is his unwillingness to trust God. This is the principle to see: Disobedience is rooted in unwillingness to trust God.

Often, areas of disobedience in my life are chained to my disbelief that God’s plan is better than my own.

More to come