There once was a man who went camping. Arriving, after dark, at the camp ground, he set up his tent and crawled in to get some sleep. During the night, he heard some rustling outside of his tent, and hurrying out side to take a look, he found he had pitched his tent at the edge of a cliff. Loosing his balance, he inadvertently slipped and fell down the side of the cliff. Grabbing a root that protruded from the cliff, he hung there, in the dark, for what seemed like hours. All he could think about was falling to his death. Shortly thereafter, he began to yell saying..."Help,Help....Is anyone there?". In just a few minutes, he heard a voice say, "Yes". He replied, "Who is it?". The deep resounding voice answered, "This is God". So the man responded with, "Can you help me?". To which God said, "Yes, let go of the root." The man said, "What???" Again, God replied, "Let go of the root!" The man was silent for a few minutes, then he cried out, "Is there anybody else up there?" The story goes on to say that when morning came the man discovered, he was only one foot from the ground. Just think, he really didn't have to hang there all night. He should have trusted God.
Isn't that how we respond, when we get an answer from God that we don't want to hear? Sometimes trust is a big issue, when it comes to faith in Him! There are times we've cried out for help and He instructed us to do something, so far out of our comfort zone, we want to yell back, "Is there anybody else up there?" It's because 1) Fear sets in. We begin to view the circumstance and repercussions. In our perception, it looks dangerous, out of the ordinary or not reasonable. 2) Doubt arises. It's then we question, was that God we heard, or our own thoughts? 3) We have no credibility in His Word.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (Amp) says, "Lean on, trust in, be confident in the Lord with all your heart mind and do not rely on your own insight understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, acknowledge Him, and He will direct make straight plain your paths." I have found, my trust is strengthened in the one who is reliable and reputable. Someone that has proven themself to always be true. Developing such a relationship with God, we must get to know Him. Spending quality time with someone develops trust. Not only do we become familiar with their voice, but we begin to see their character traits. In studying the Word of God we can see His integrity and faithfulness. Reflecting on answered prayer reveals His constant reliability. And the more we keep company with Him, the more easier it is to believe His Word.
Pro. 16:20 (Amp) says, "He who deals wisely heeds [God’s] word counsel shall find good, and whoever leans on, trusts in, is confident in the Lord—happy, blessed, fortunate is he." Don't just hang onto the root, trust God!
Pastors Michael & Ginny Gulotta
Pro. 11:25 "The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself."