The two words seem so simple. Yet, we all know that when it comes time, it is about the hardest thing a person can do. To be sure, trusting God is perhaps one of the best ways to please Him we know of. To be sure, the Bible says that Abraham believed God and God counted it as righteousness. Put another way, God forgave him of his sin because Abraham believed him. It tells us that trust in God is very powerful.
It reminds me of the story that President Reagan told about a man that fell from a cliff. He quickly grabbed onto a limb. So there he was with no way to go up and looking at a 300 foot fall if he let go.
Out of desperation, he called out, “Is there anyone up there!?”
Clouds formed and from the clouds he heard, “This is God. Are you willing to do anything I tell you?”
“Yes God, anything. Just tell me and I’ll do it.”
God told the man, “Let go of the branch.”
The man looked down. Then he looked up. Then he looked down again. Finally, he yelled, “Is there anyone else up there!?”
I don’t remember how old I was when I first heard that story. I might have been in high school. My immediate thought was that, if I were in the man’s position, I would immediately let go. The older I get and the more times I think it over, I’m not so sure. It is easy to say I would trust God but at this point, I simply don’t know. I would very much like to be able to know I would, but none of us really know it until we face the situation head on.
Three Israelites were thrown into a fire for following the Lord. Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den. That’s trusting in God. Moreover, it is more than a story. It really happened. I like to think that I would do the same. The fact is, I don’t know.
To be sure, I have taken stands that have cost me. God did not always intervene for me, leastwise not that I saw. Nonetheless, I do trust Him, that is to say as much as I can. Now, would I jump out of a plane on His instruction. I don’t know if I would, even with a parachute. It just is sometimes we don’t know our faith until it is tested.
To be sure, it is sometimes why he tests our faith… that is, so we will know. He doesn’t need to find out. He already knows. On the other hand, sometimes he wants to strengthen our faith. Every time we go through a trial, it can build our faith. Then again, should we fail, we will learn that too.
Ultimately, we all do need to trust Him for one thing. We must totally and fully trust in Jesus as our savior. We must not try to add a thing to it. If we do, then we don’t really totally trust him. It means we think we need to help. To totally trust in Jesus for our salvation, God counts our faith as righteousness and his reward is to save us from our sins.
Don’t trust in any other faith. Don’t trust in any church or religion. Nothing else can save you. It is what God tells us in the Gospels and it is what he wants us to do. That means we let go of everything else, including our own abilities and we trust in Jesus and Him alone.
John 3:16 does say:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
If you don’t believe it, you are calling Jesus a liar. Unless you change your mind, you will pay for that sin in hell forever, regardless of any good or bad you ever did. The instant you believe, your salvation is immediate and forever. God is the only one who can revoke it. If he does, He will not be keeping His promise. So, your salvation is instant and forever.
So. Whatever it is that is keeping you from accepting Christ as you savior, let go of it. It can’t save you. In the end it will do you no good. Stand on the words of Jesus himself as John quoted. Trust Jesus, the living Son of God and He will save you.