Trusting God

Sam Petitfils

“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, you who seek the Lord: look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug.” Isaiah 51:1

A man who lived on Long Island purchased a high-end barometer. When the instrument arrived at his home, he was extremely disappointed to find that the indicating needle appeared to be stuck, pointing to the sector marked "HURRICANE."  After shaking the barometer very vigorously several times, its new owner sat down and wrote a scorching letter to the store from which he had purchased the instrument. The following morning on the way to his office in New York, he mailed the letter. 

That evening, he returned to Long Island to find not only the barometer missing, but his house also. The barometer's needle had been right—there was a hurricane! 

In the verse above, God invites us to trust in Him. He does not invite just anyone, but those “who pursue righteousness.” This verse was written to the godly remnant that awaited God’s deliverance from foreign tyranny. God gives them precious promises of liberty and freedom from oppression, and asks them to trust in Him alone for deliverance. Up to this point, the nation Israel slipped into idolatry, creating wooden and stone images and worshipping them with the kind of honor that belongs only to God. But God beckons them to return to the true rock from which they were hewn and quarry from which they were dug.

In his book Learning to Trust, Bernie May writes of a father who took the completely wrong approach:

“There is an old story of a father who took his young son out and stood him on the railing of the back porch. He then went down, stood on the lawn, and encouraged the little fellow to jump into his arms. ‘I'll catch you,’ the father said confidently. After a lot of coaxing, the little boy finally made the leap. When he did, the father stepped back and let the child fall to the ground. He then picked his son up, dusted him off, and dried his tears. 

‘Let that be a lesson,’ he said sternly. ‘Don't ever trust anyone.’ ” 

Obviously this misguided father took the wrong approach. Teaching your child to be a cynic does not lead to good things. As a reflection of God, we should be trustworthy people. When God ask us to “jump,” we may safely trust in Him and know He will bring about a good result. Look to God, the One who rescued you from eternal ruin, and confidently place your trust in Him. Do it when surrounded by so-called insurmountable odds, and do it with everyday matters. He will not disappoint you.

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