One Saturday night several years ago, I was leading a group of teenagers on a retreat. During the evening, I presented an object lesson that I prayed would make an impact on their lives. I asked for a volunteer and a 7th grade girl jumped at the chance. She came forward from the group, and I gave her a blindfold. She dutifully placed the blindfold over her eyes as I checked to make sure that she really could not see. Then I led her up on a table in the center of the room. I asked her, “Do you know that I love you?” She responded enthusiastically, “Yes, I know that you love me!!” I asked her, “Would I do anything that would hurt you?” She replied, “No, you would never hurt me.” I then said “I want you to fall backwards off the table, and I will catch you.” She responded, “Noooooooooo!!!” I repeated my statements of my love for her three more times, and she continued to respond with a mournful “No!” Finally, she said yes!! With tears in her eyes, she let go of her place of security and fell back into my arms. She trusted my love for her would keep her safe.
We are often like that 7th grade girl on our walk with God. He comes to us and tells us he loves us and assures us that he will always be with us and meet our needs. We have already trusted him with the most important decision of our life—our eternal relationship with him. Jesus demonstrated this great love and commitment toward us in the sacrifice he made on the cross. What great love he has for each of us! Then he comes to us through his Word and says, “Trust me”.
2 Corinthians 9:7-8 (NLT)
You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.
Most of us read this passage and think, “we’re supposed to give away what we have, and God will provide all we need??? That does not make sense.” We resist, just as the young girl resisted trusting me to catch her. We cry our mournful “No, I cannot let go and trust you!” and try to make our excuses sound as righteous as possible. Sometimes we do not understand. Sometimes we are afraid. Sometimes we are filled with doubt regarding the promises of God. God calls us to give, to serve, to sacrifice. He calls us out of the boat to walk on the water in the storm. We prefer to trust the boat because we cannot see yet how things will work out. But, what we do know is it’s the one who loves us more than any other that beckons. It is the one who has given his all for us who asks us to take that step and trust him. We resist, but we want to trust him. And he is always lovingly reaching out to catch us when we do step out and trust him. Fall into God’s arms for he will never fail you!
What does God ask you to do, but you resist because of doubt in His love for you or the truth of his word?
In what area do you need to take action to demonstrate your trust in him?
What steps can you take to help you know God’s love for you and his desire to provide for your needs?
Take a step toward trusting God this week. It may be a step in giving. It may be a step in serving. It may be a step that requires sacrifice. Choose a path of believing God and trusting him.
If you are in a group, share an area where your doubts have kept you from acting on your trust in God. Ask your group members to pray with you as you seek to surrender this area of your life to God’s control.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the great love that you have shown to me in the gift of your Son. I know that you love me because of that gift. Help me to realize that I can trust you because of that great love. Help me to leave my doubts and fears behind and to fall into your arms as I act in obedience to you. In Jesus’s Name, amen.
This post was written by Terry McGraner. Terry is an engineer at Dana Corporation. He facilitates GrowthTrack and leads a Group at the South Toledo campus. He is married and the father of four adult sons. He loves spending time with his family and communicating the truth of God’s Word to make an impact in the lives of others.
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