Trusting God

Trusting God

January 23

Read: JOHN 1:43-51

The “trust fall” is a famous team-building exercise. A person stands on an elevated box and then leans backward and falls while several people stand on the ground with their arms out to catch them. It can be a scary event when you first try it.

Sometimes we seem to be able to trust in our friends, possessions, or intellect more than we trust God. We may think God is letting us down if life does not go as we had planned. Yet we are reminded in John 1 that Jesus was and is God, the Word made flesh, and the embodiment of grace, truth, and power. One of the first disciples, Nathaniel, seemed to doubt this when he first met Jesus, but soon Jesus proved his identity and promised him that he would see and experience incredible things (vv. 50-51).

Do we trust that Jesus is who he says he is? Do we believe he is still at work in this world?

Father, you have proved yourself faithful, so may we always trust in your goodness, love, faithfulness, and plan. AMEN.

About the Author

ETHAN TEWS: I currently serve as copastor of Zion Covenant Church in Sheboygan and as a volunteer police chaplain. Before coming to Zion, I pastored a small congregation in Michigan for several years while in seminary. In 2017 I received my MDiv from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. I am originally from Glen Ellyn, Illinois, outside of Chicago. After high school I went on to college and graduate school to study health and fitness. During and after that time, I also worked as a public safety officer. I am married to my beautiful wife, Melissa, and we have two young boys. I love to exercise and consider myself a triathlete. I also enjoy being outside with my family, reading books on 21st-century military history, drinking espresso, and of course, learning from God’s word!

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