Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Let God prove his faithfulne­ss

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

Something we become used to doing when we are faced with a troubling situation is to use resources which we have relied on in the past, to overcome the situation we find ourselves in now.

What do you do when those resources themselves let us down?

Things like financial security, good friends, close family, and even our own good health are some of the things which we trust most to get us through an awkward time.

What happens when those things , or something else which we trust, actually becomes the problem?

We are now faced with a choice between clinging on to something which has proved unreliable, or turning to the only person who the Bible claims is always reliable — the God who created us and sustains everything in the universe.

I recall seeing a TV interview quite some time ago, with a member of a rescue team, called in to rescue a young boy who was in a very precarious situation on the side of a steep cliff.

The boy had somehow fallen from the top of the cliff, and his fall was thankfully stopped by a very flimsy bush part way down.

Although temporaril­y saved by the bush, the boy was still in very real danger of it giving way and letting him fall to more danger.

The rescuer shared how the real problem he faced was not in reaching the boy safely using his equipment, but in convincing the boy that he needed to release his grip on the flimsy plant to be safely rescued by the special equipment.

‘‘Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generation­s of those who love him and keep his commands.’’ (Deuteronom­y 7:9).

We may be faced with a choice of giving up something which we thought was reliable to allow God to prove His absolute faithfulne­ss, as He has already done for countless others.

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