Several years ago, I remember being at a conference when the speaker asked several people in the audience to come on the stage for a team building excercise called “trust fall.” A “trust fall” is when a person deliberately falls backward without looking, trusting a group of people behind them to catch them. When the speaker asked people to volunteer for this icebreaker, I did not go up there because I did not know the people who were supposed to catch me. It is hard trusting people you don’t know with your life, and I did not know for sure if they were strong enough to catch me or if they would willingly choose to let me hit the floor. Several people volunteered, and when I saw the team catching those falling backwards one after another, I started to believe that maybe, just maybe, I could’ve done it. It was a good team building exercise and I certainly learned a few things about trust.
Beloved, we can trust God wholeheartedly to catch us when we fall. We can trust God because we know who He is. The Bible says in Psalm 9:10, “Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” My hope is firm because of what I know about God, “I know whom I have believed, and I am persuaded that God is able” (2 Timothy 1:12). In Acts 27, while everyone aboard the ship had given up hope and preparing to die, Paul trusted God to see him through the storm. He trusted God because he knew God was and still is a man of His word. Before the storm, while Paul was still in Jerusalem, God promised him that he would make it all the way to Rome to testify for Him (Acts 23: 11). So, in the middle of the storm, although Paul knew they were about to be shipwrecked and lose cargo, he trusted that God would deliver them because of the promise He made. Paul did not know how, and he certainly did not know when, but he believes when God makes a promise, it will come to pass. God is more than able to keep all the promises He’s made to us in the Bible. We can believe and trust God to see us through this pandemic or whatever storm you might be facing because He has a history of keeping His promises. The Bible says in Numbers 23: 19, “God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?” Do you believe in that? Do you trust God? Beloved, when going through any storm in life, it’s important for us to recall the promises of God so that we can trust He can and will see us through it.
Grace and Peace to you all,