A father and his two young sons went to the community pool to swim. The older of the two boys had previously completed swimming lessons and eagerly jumped in the water and began swimming around. The younger boy was timid and afraid to get in the water. The father stepped into the shallow end and encouraged his youngest to follow him.
“Uhuh”, the boy said as he stood feet firmly anchored to the concrete.
“You can come in son, I will keep you safe. Come jump into my arms, I will catch you”.
The little boy stared at the water thinking “It looks really deep, I could fall in, what if daddy doesn’t catch me? I could drown!”, He looked up at his father and said “I am scared daddy, I don’t want to fall in”.
The father once again reassured him. “It’s ok son, there is no reason for you to be afraid. You can trust me to catch you, I promise that I will not let you fall in”.
Now, the older brother swam over to the edge and coaxed his baby brother “Come on in brother, jump! Daddy will catch you. He catches me too”.
You see the older brother had seen his daddy keep his promises again and again. He knew how very much his daddy loved them both and would not let them drown. He knew his father was trustworthy and faithful. He knew and understood how great the father’s love was for both his sons. As an older brother he had previous experience that he could recall to mind and could share when his younger brother was struggling to believe.
As Christians, trust can be really hard when it is impossible to see what we are trusting. We must call to mind other situations where God has shown himself faithful and rely on that knowledge. We must search the scripture for God’s character to be revealed to us to increase our trust.
I recently heard one of the best lessons on trust from Jill Driscoe about trusting God in the storm. If you would like to hear it too, listen to it here. Trusting by Jill Driscoe
Psalm 9:10 “Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 ‘Trust in the LORD, with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. ‘
Psalm 56:3 ‘When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.’
Scriptures tell us that when we trust God, he is our:
- rock (2 Samuel 22:2-3, Psalm 18:2, Psalm 62:6, Isaiah 26:4),
- fortress (2 Samuel 22:2, Psalm 18:2, Psalm 62:6, Psalm 91:2, Psalm 144:2)
- deliverer (2 Samuel 22:2, Psalm 18:2, 2 Corinthians 1:10)
- shield, faithful shield (2 Samuel 22:3, 2 Samuel 22:31, Psalm 18:2, Psalm 18:30, Psalm 31:14, Psalm 33:21, Psalm 91:4, Psalm 115:9-11, Psalm 144:2, Proverbs 30:5)
- salvation (2 Samuel 22:3, Psalm 18:2, Psalm 62:6-7, Isaiah 12:2)
- stronghold (2 Samuel 22:3, Psalm 18:2, Psalm 144:2)
- refuge, place of shelter (2 Samuel 22:3, Psalm 18:2, Psalm 62:7-8, Psalm 73:28, Psalm 91:2, Isaiah 51:13, Nahum 1:7)
- savior (2 Samuel 22:3, 1 Timothy 4:10)
- protection (Psalm 5:11)
- giver of good (Psalm 13:5, Psalm 31:19)
- redeemer (Psalm 34:22)
- rampart (Psalm 91:4)
- sovereign LORD (Psalm 141:8)
- Our help (Psalm 31:14, Psalm 33:20-21, Psalm 115:9-11)
- Our Strength (Isaiah 12:2, Psalm 31:14)
- Our song (Isaiah 12:2)
- He is merciful to those who trust in him (Psalm 31:14)
- He subdues our enemies (Psalm 144:2)
- He shows us and surrounds us with unfailing love (Psalm 32:10, Psalm 33:22)
- He will save us (Psalm 86:2)
- He directs our paths (Proverbs 3:5)
- He will keep us in perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3)
- He will fill us with joy and peace (Romans 15:13)
- He will keep us safe (Proverbs 28:26, Proverbs 29:25)
- He will answer our prayers (1 Chronicles 5:20)
- He brings justice (Isaiah 51:5)
- We are blessed when we trust him (Psalm 40:4, Psalm 84:12, Psalm 112:7, Proverbs 16:20)
- We will prosper (Proverbs 28:25)
- We will not be shaken (Psalm 62:6, Psalm 125:1)
- We don’t need to be alarmed, we can feel secure (Job 40:23)
- We do not need to fear bad news (Ps 112:7)
Well this all sounds very good! The benefits of trusting God are amazing!
The Bible also tells us who/what we should not trust to save us.
- Do not put your trust in riches (Proverbs 11:28, Jeremiah 12:6, Jeremiah 48:7 and 49:4, 1 Timothy 6:17)
- your family, neighbors, friends, others, men (Isaiah 31:1, Isaiah 36:7, Micah 7:5)
- worthless things (Job 15:31)
- other things (Job 8:14)
- idols, false gods (Psalm 115:8, Psalm 135:18, Jeremiah 13:25, Habakkuk 2:18)
- deceitful words (Jeremiah 7:4, 8)
- self (Proverbs 28:26, Isaiah 47:10, Jeremiah 48:7)
- fortified cities or walls (Deuteronomy 28:52, Jeremiah 5:17)
So the next time you feel uncertain, anxious or afraid – remember that we can Trust God to save us, guide us, protect us if we are truly trusting in him and not other things.
Father God, help me to trust you even when things don’t make sense. When my back is up against a Red Sea and the enemy is in front of me wanting to destroy me, help me especially then to trust you to part the water so I can walk through on DRY ground. Help me to not rely on myself for even the mundane of decisions. Help me to not put my trust in my bank account, my husband, my friends or family. Your word says that these things are fragile like spiders webs and will not save me, protect me or sustain me. When someone that I love dies, when I am betrayed by a friend, when I don’t get that job I wanted or my child goes to prison…whatever it is that wants to make me fear, help me to remember that I can trust you, I do not need to be afraid. What looks big and scary to me is not at all to you. I thank you for being my rock, my deliverer, my refuge, my salvation and my song. Surround me with your joy and peace as I begin to trust you more fully! I love you Father because of your great love for me.
In Jesus name