1 Kings 19:19-21; Matthew 5:33-37
Today's scripture readings are about trust. Elisha kills the cow, burns the plow, kisses mom and dad good-bye and then follows Elijah. I'm not sure what mom and dad thought about all of this, but Elisha obviously trusted Elijah. The psalmist sings that his heart is glad, his soul rejoices and his body abides in confidence. His joy comes from trusting God. And Jesus tells his disciples "Let your yes mean yes and your no mean no," no oaths or vows. He calls them to a change from the status quo. To trust him.
Trust. It seems pretty important. And it seems so simple. Is it? The Bible often tells us to "trust in the Lord." Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I'm supposed to trust God. One of my favorite old hymns is "Standing On The Promises." Trust God to make good on his promises. Jesus told the disciples to drop everything and follow him. And they did. Would I be able to trust as deeply as they did?
By Daniel Patrick O`Reilly