Forethought: This is mostly aimed a Christians, however I find that explorations like this one can be integral to the exploration of any spiritual endeavor- especially one that involves some sort of loyalty or relationship with spiritual beings. I want people to challenge the very notion of why they serve whom (or what)-ever they do. Not just their existence, but the core of what they stand for.
Anyways, here’s my thoughts for the day:
We often speak of God as someone we can place full trust in. Have you ever considered what that means?
Look to the 10 Commandments and we assume that everything is clean cut. But there is one particular commandment that may not be fully understood.
‘anah sheqer ‘ed rea’
Or “Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness against thy neighbor”
We simplify this to “Thou shalt not lie”, but that’s not really what it is saying. It’s saying not to condemn someone for something they didn’t do. The key is “‘ed”, which speaks for testimony, evidence, witness in the context of seeing something take place.
Understanding this is key to understanding the value of full trust in our Father. Because, as much as we would like to believe God does not use lies himself, the truth is far from it. God has, at least once, used deception to bring about His Will.
1 Kings 22:19-23
Then Micaiah said, “therefore hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on His Thrown, and all the hosts of heaven standing by, on His right hand and on His left. And the Lord said “Who will persuade Ahab to go up, that he may fall at Remote Gilead?” So one spoke in this manner, and another spoke in that manner. “Then a spirit came forward and stood before the Lord and said “I will persuade him”. The Lord said to him “In what way?” So he said “I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets” And the Lord said “You shall persuade him, and also prevail. Go out and do so.” Therefore look! The Lord has put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these propehts of yours, and the Lord has declared disaster against you.”
As you read the rest of the story, you find that it is true- Ahab followed the advice of his prophets and was destroyed in the process.
We believe that healthy trust is built simply on honesty. But that is not what a trust in God is about, it’s about trusting in His vision. It’s about believing that once we surrender completely to God, whatever God puts us in position to do, it’s not meaningless- that He will make our role count.
Simply moving to make the bare minimum commitment to being a follower of Christ is simple when compared to the reality of becoming a Servant of God. The level of trust, even when God uses deception such as the story in 1 Kings, is something a true Christian has to come to grips with. And that is the most difficult task of all.