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Trust Me

Making a lifestyle of staying only where it's safe is actually dangerous.

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As Marshall indicates in his introduction, few people ever rummage around in the final few chapters of Genesis. But the final events recorded there set the tone for tragic times to come—and all because of a simple lack of trust. Watch as Marshall drives the listener through major sections of Scripture, masterfully weaving together the many layers of trust and distrust. By the time the audience arrives at application, they have intuited the significance of Genesis 50 already: mistrust that is born out of a desire for safety actually gives birth to something infinitely more dangerous. This point is emphasized with a closing litany of personal stories that bridge the ancient text with the listener's modern circumstances.


I want to focus on the word "trust," because even if you're not a pilot or a skydiver, trust is something that every one of us has to exercise every day. It's at the core of what it means to please God and to follow Jesus. The Bible says: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart" (Proverbs 3:5, NLT). Even our currency, which isn't inspired in the biblical sense, echoes this theme: "In God We Trust."

Have you ever thought about what it means to trust in God? The words "trust," "faith," and "believe in" are all synonyms. When the Bible says, "Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved" (Acts 16:31), it's another way of saying, "Trust in the Lord."

Trust is an important part of a living, ongoing relationship. Trust means knowing someone well enough that you can count on him or her and acting in accordance with that trust. Believing, having faith, trusting are the fundamentals of life with God. Trust, however, does not come naturally for most of us.

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Marshall Shelley is editor of Leadership Journal and an editorial vice-president of Christianity Today International.

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Trust is at the core of what it means to please God and to follow Jesus.

I. Jacob trusted Joseph, who is trustworthy.

II. Joseph's brothers do not trust Joseph, who is trustworthy.

III. Staying where it's safe because of a lack of trust is dangerous.


Walking by faith means we trust God enough to follow him out of Egypt all the way to the Promised Land.