Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Putting trust into God

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“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1)

This Bible verse, although quite well known by many people, often causes confusion to many others because it appears contradict­ory in what it tells us.

As a society, we would seem to be quite sceptical of things which seem to be ‘‘too good to be true’’.

We have become wary of being made to look like we can be easily ‘taken in’.

The proof which we see around us though, would seem to suggest the opposite in our behaviour.

Quite apart from the ever-increasing number of people who have been taken in by ‘scams’ and have handed over large sums of money to clever operators, we have a much bigger appetite for something which may not be as obvious — clever advertisin­g.

There are probably not many days when we have not been tempted to buy something on the recommenda­tion of a slick ad, usually by a ‘well trusted’ celebrity.

Perhaps we are just very selective about who we believe!

I have seen, and possibly you also, some very amusing videos of people attempting to look confident when walking on glass bottomed walkways.

One famous walkway extending over the Grand Canyon in the USA has provided some very entertaini­ng footage!

People know that the glass is designed to be walked on but they just can’t quite trust it fully, leading to some very awkward steps.

Many people know about God and His Son Jesus, but are not yet quite ready to put their full trust in the promises made in the Bible.

As the writer of that verse in Hebrews points out, our knowledge about God only becomes faith when we act on it.

~ Contribute­d by Bruce Driver from the Uniting Church, on behalf of the Combined Churches of Deniliquin.

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