2 Chronicles 34:33 (NLT)
33So Josiah removed all detestable idols from the entire land of Israel and required everyone to worship the LORD their God. And throughout the rest of his lifetime, they did not turn away from the LORD, the God of their ancestors.
John 6:29 (NLT)
29Jesus told them, “This is what God wants you to do: Believe in the one he has sent.”
Building on yesterdays (and last week’s) readings — and what I wrote yesterday, I am compelled to focus on obedience. But not just obedience from obedience’s sake. No, it is more about belief.
Jesus says above, that what God wants us to do is to believe. What does that mean? How does that fit into anything? What does belief have to do with Josiah’s obedience?
Here’s what I see. If you call me on the phone and tell me that there is a million dollars buried in my backyard and I can have it if I want it, what will I do with that information? If I know you, trust you, believe you, and understand you, I will most likely go dig up the money and put it in the bank. But if I don’t know you (say it is an anonymous phone call), I’m likely to laugh and forget all about the call.
That’s the root of this whole thing. The better I know you, the more I’ll trust you, and the more likely I am to act on your words.
So, here I am, sitting at my computer and Jesus reaches out to me and tells me He has something more valuable than the million in my backyard. What am I going to do about that? How well do I know Christ? How well do I trust Him? Do I believe Him? Do I understand HIm? What is my next step.
The more I know Jesus, the more likely I am to move forward on His words. This is why I think He says above, just believe in Him. That is the first baby step that will lead to the abundant life — one step at a time.
So, today, I see that much clearer who Jesus is. I know Him better, trust Him more, and I’m willing to act out on the things He tells me. That is fun — that is cool — that is just awesome.
I love the confidence that comes from knowing He is directing my life. I love the strength that brings. I love being used by Him.
Dear God, continue to teach me, guide me, and lead me. Most of all, bring me into the kind of friendship and relationship that you want with me. I pray that I know you better today. I pray that I trust you more — even when you don’t work miracles, even when I don’t hear “directly” from you. Continue to bring me to you presence.
Today, I surrender my plans to you. What is it that you want from me? What is it that I should do?
Thanks God! gw