Do you trust The Lord enough to jump when He tells you to?
We play a game called ” Trust ” where a participant facing backwards, stands on a platform while his colleagues line up in two rows below at ground level and perpendicular to the platform. They are supposed to be ready to catch him when the call is made to him to fall backwards into their arms in trust that they will catch him. When we played the game at a management workshop a few years ago, all but one employee participated by jumping backwards into the arms of the other colleagues. That exception was a middle level supervisor who was mean to his subordinates, who in daily life could not accept his colleague’s word when they said they had completed their jobs in accordance with specifications. He was a nit-picker who would look for trouble where there was none, always throwing about his weight and authority. Naturally, he could not trust those who had a gripe against him who always caused them unnecessary trouble. He was given several chances to fall backwards into their arms, but each time he came to the edge of the platform, he would walk back to the safety of the platform. It was most embarrassing for him, he showed no trust in his colleagues, who naturally laughed at his mistrust of them.
The Word says
27 The eternal God is your refuge,
and underneath are the everlasting arms.
He will drive out your enemies before you,
saying, ‘Destroy them!’
Will you trust Him when you have no way to go forward but to jump? especially when all you see is a chasm wide? We need to trust Him for He indeed is there for He neither slumbers nor sleeps and according to His Word He is there. He says thou shalt not be afraid of the terror by night. A thousand shall fall at thy side.
What is this terror? It may be the cry of fire, or the noise of thieves, or fancied appearances, or the shriek of sudden sickness or death. We live in the world of death and sorrow, we may therefore look for ills as well in the night-watches as beneath the glare of the broiling sun. Nor should this alarm us, for be the terror what it may, the promise is that the believer shall not be afraid. Why should he? Let us put it more closely, why should we? God our Father is here, and will be here all through the lonely hours; He is an almighty Watcher, a sleepless Guardian, a faithful Friend. Nothing can happen without His direction, for even hell itself is under His control. Darkness is not dark to Him. He has promised to be a wall of fire around His people–and who can break through such a barrier? Worldlings may well be afraid, for they have an angry God above them, a guilty conscience within them, and a yawning hell beneath them; but we who rest in Jesus are saved from all these through rich mercy. If we give way to foolish fear we shall dishonour our profession, and lead others to doubt the reality of godliness. We ought to be afraid of being afraid, lest we should vex the Holy Spirit by foolish distrust. Down, then, ye dismal forebodings and groundless apprehensions, God has not forgotten to be gracious, nor shut up His tender mercies, it may be night in the soul, but there need be no terror, for the God of love changes not. Children of light may walk in darkness, but they are not therefore cast away, nay, they are now enabled to prove their adoption by trusting in their heavenly Father as hypocrites cannot do.
“Though the night be dark and dreary, Darkness cannot hide from Thee; Thou art He, who, never weary, Watchest where Thy people be.”
Let us trust The Lord and jump when He tells us to.