Will you trust me?
A man was hiking through the mountains when he came to a cliff overlooking a beautiful view of the lush, green valley below. As he stood there admiring the scenery, he stepped too close to the edge, lost his footing and fell over the edge. Somehow he managed to grab hold of a fragile limb growing into the side of that cliff.
Fearful that the limb was going to break, he became panicked and began to cry out for help. After what seemed like an eternity, suddenly a voice from the top said, “Don’t be afraid, I am here and I will help you; but you will have to trust me.” The man asked, “Who are you?” The voice answered, “I am the Lord. Will you trust me?” The man cried, “Yes, yes I will trust you!” The voice then said, “Good, let go.” Shocked by that command, the man asked, “Is there anyone else up there?”
This is kind of a comical illustration, and yet in reality, it depicts the mentality of the average Christian today. The Christian proudly professes his faith and trust in God, but when he finds himself in a situation of fear that dictates that he put his complete trust in someone that he cannot physically see, oftentimes he will put his trust into something or someone more tangible.
Remember Naaman the leper? The prophet told his servant to tell him, “Go dip in the Jordan River seven times, and you will be healed.” Because of pride, he questioned the prophet’s word, but he did as he was commanded and he was made clean.
God wants nothing but the very best for his people. He is not going to command your obedience just to let you fall. God does not tempt man, but he sometimes does allow our faith in him to be tested. What if Naaman had disobeyed, and what if the man in the illustration above was obedient? Imagine what the end results may have been.
The song lyrics say: “He didn’t bring us this far, to leave us; He didn’t teach us to swim, to let us drown; He didn’t make His home in us, to move away; He didn’t lift us up, to let us down.”
Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding, but in all thy ways acknowledge him and he will direct thy paths.”