While waiting on the Lord this morning, I was reminded of an illustration of real faith that I heard many years ago;
A man was out walking along the cliff tops near where he was staying, and as he walked along, he was enjoying everything around him to such an extent that he didn’t see the rock on the path, so he stumbled and feel over the edge. The cliff was very high and as he fell, he saw a bush growing out of a crevice and managed to grab it and stop his fall.
Hanging there, he cried out “is there anyone up there?” to which a voice came back “yes, give Me your hand” The man let go of the bush with one hand and stretched it upwards, then the voice said, now give Me your other hand” The man thought for a second and called out “is there anyone else up there?”
I know it is just an amusing tale, but the reality is, so many Christians are in that position, and the fear of the situation seems to have annulled all previous acts or declarations of faith in God’s power to save them.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Two things stand out to me from the story above:
One: When we are walking on God’s Highway of Holiness we are not walking along with beautiful green fields on either side! If we do not keep our eyes and our hearts on being holy as He is holy, we are in danger of stumbling over the edge!
Two: Are we any different from the man hanging onto the bush with one hand, reaching out to God, but with the hand holding onto “our understanding?”
Pause and think on this, remembering that Romans 8:1 teaches us “There is NO condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk NOT according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit”
Be blessed. Warren