Psalm 91:1-4 — “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’ Surely, he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.”
I have read, over the years, the collected prayers of others from past to present and naturally the Bible book of Psalms. There’s a flowing fountain of illustrations written and repeated, passed on from one writer to another.
One particular illustration was dubbed by several newspaper reporters as the “Dance of Danger.”
It was based on the building of the Golden Gate Bridge. Workers on top of the swaying catwalks and high towers, sometimes hundreds of feet in the air, would be blown by powerful winds. Predictions were that for every $1 million spent, one life would be lost. Engineers on the Golden Gate Bridge, however, believed the risk could be lowered.
When construction began in 1932, numerous safety measures were put into place and strictly enforced: mandatory use of hard hats, prescription filtered sunglasses, implementation of a “no showboating” policy (cause for automatic firing), use of tie-off lines and establishment of an onsite hospital all greatly reduced the casualty rate.
After nearly four years of construction and $20 million spent, only one worker had died. The most effective safety device, without question, was the use of a trapeze net.
This large net costing $130,000 was draped 60 feet below the roadbed under construction, extending 10 feet on either side.
The net caught so many falling workers that the newspaper began running box scores on the total number of lives saved.
Workers saved the by net were said to have joined the “Halfway to Hell Club.”
I shared all of that to share this small passage of Scripture from the Gospel of Luke, chapter 4, verses 9 through 12:
“The devil led Him to Jerusalem and had Him stand on the highest point of the temple. ‘If you are the Son of God,’ he said, ‘throw yourself down from here. For it is written; He will command His angels concerning You to guard you carefully; they will lift You up in their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’ Jesus answered, ‘It says ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
I believe — GOD is faithful!
There is seen and unseen trust. A familiar verse comes from Hebrews 11:1 — “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”
We either trust God or we don’t. Even a weak trust is better than no trust.
The best illustration I could point to is answered prayer. First, my trust in Christ is confirmed in my life by answered prayers. Personal prayers to God the Father for personal needs I hadn’t voiced to anyone. Then in offered prayers of intercession for others. Many of those offered as unspoken and yet answered.
Rather than test God with doubt, perhaps we should try to follow the pattern of prayer set by Christ, in faith.
In the 17th chapter of the Gospel of John, verses 1 through 5, Jesus prays for Himself. Then in verses 6 through 19 Jesus prays for His disciples. And lastly in verses 20 to 26 Jesus prays for ALL believers.
There is a simple verse contained in the short and powerful words of Christ Himself in John 13:17. At the last supper during the feast of Passover Jesus says: “Now that you know these things you will be blessed if you do them.”
Trust should be highly valued. Sometimes it is freely given, other times it is earned. But once it is broken ...
Proverbs 18:19a says: “An offended friend is harder to win back than a fortified city.”
Proverbs 18:24 says: “One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”
Ephesians 1:7 says: In Him we have redemption through His blood, forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s Grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.
Ha ha ha, trusting in the only safety net that matters — Christ Jesus.