Anyone Else Up There?

A man was looking over a cliff when he slipped and began to fall. Sliding down the ledge he grabbed a branch and was hanging on for dear life. Shouting loudly he cried, “Is anyone up there?”
“I am the Lord and I am here,” came the answer. “Do you believe in Me?”
“Yes, Lord, I do. But I can’t hang on much longer.”
“I’ll save you,” said the Lord. “Just let go.”
There was a pause. Finally the man asked, “Is anyone else up there?”
How like so many of us. We doubt the Lord and put our trust in others.
Early in life we are taught to depend on ourselves, to be self-sufficient, strong and solve problems on our own. We also learn to rely on others, look to them for strength and help. Eventually we reach our limits and those we look to for insight, come up lacking. Then, when we become fearful or frustrated, we learn to look to God first and foremost.
Do you remember learning to swim? Can you recall someone standing in front of you in the water and saying, “Jump!” Knowing that they were able to catch us is the faith factor. Jumping in becomes the trust factor.
God’s Word constantly encourages us to have faith in Him. It gives us many examples of those who have faith in Him. It is the “letting go” by knowing that He is there to “catch us” that makes faith work. It’s the “trust factor.”
Prayer: Teach us, Father, to realize our need to let go and let God meet us at our point of need. May our knowing give way to believing. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture: Psalm 60:11, 12 Give us aid against the enemy, for human help is worthless. With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies.

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