Believing God


How would believing God change your life today?  What if you took God at his word today and what if you responded to God in a way which reflected trusting him? Would that change your next step?  How? Would you take a step of faith?

1 Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.”

3 Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very large city; it took three days to go through it. 4 Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.” 5 The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.

6 When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. 7 This is the proclamation he issued in Nineveh:

“By the decree of the king and his nobles:

Do not let people or animals, herds or flocks, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink. 8 But let people and animals be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. 9 Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.”

10 When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.
Jonah 3:1-10

When Jonah finally went to Nineveh, he obeyed God and spoke God’s word to the people there.  We see in vs. 5 that the people of Nineveh believed GodThere is tremendous power in believing God. 

You can keep reading in to see what happened to them.  They proclaimed a fast. They put on sackcloth as a sign of their grief.  From the greatest to the least, every person responded the same.  God’s word is a great equalizer in the ranks and hierarchy of humanity.  We all stand equal before him and none has more standing with God because of human advantage or achievement.

Even the king joined his people. He sat down in the dust and he decreed that everyone fast and turn from their evil ways.  Call urgently upon the Lord, he declared.  The king hoped that God would see their reverent response and have mercy on them.  It happened. God relented and he did not bring calamity upon them.

They believed God and it changed their behaviour.  They believed God and it influenced everyone equally.  They believed God and they unified in their response as a people.  Believing God changed their lives.

What if you believed God today? 

What if you took God at his word today and what if you responded to God in a way which reflected the truth of his word? Would that change your next step?  How?

Would you take a step of faith?  Would you change direction and move toward God instead of continuing down the road you are on? Would your anxiety subside into the trust that not only does God know who you are and what you face, he also has your back and your best in his sight?

How would believing God change your life?

When Abraham believed God in Genesis 15, God credited that belief in God’s word to him as Abraham’s righteousness.  For Abraham, believing God changed his eternity.  He became righteous before God’s eyes through his faith.

What would happen if you believed God about Jesus today?

What if you placed your hope in Jesus for your relationship with God instead of trying to impress God based on your human achievements? What if you accepted that Jesus died for you and took the penalty for your sin against God?  Believing God about Jesus would is a life changer.

Consider for a moment what God is asking you to believe from him today.  Will you believe him?  It will change your life and your eternity.

Amen.

Marc Kinna

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