Opinion

Something to stand on

When I was in high school it was mandatory to take wood shop. Carpentry has not been one of my gifts, but I managed to make a few items including a small wooden stool. That was over, forty -five years ago and that stool still is usable. It has stood the test of time.

Everyone needs something to stand on. Something solid, firm and sure. Something we can stand on are the promises of God. Hebrews 6:13-14 says, “When God made His promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for Him to swear by, He swore by himself, saying, I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.”

God promised Abraham descendants, yet His promises were not fulfilled instantly. He patently endured many years before His promise was fulfilled.

What promises of God are you waiting fulfillment for — salvation for yourself, a loved one, the return of a prodigal child, the list goes on. The answers lie in trusting in God’s timing as you patiently endure in prayer.

The following is an illustration on trusting God:

“Dear God, what am I supposed to do?” asked missionary Marge Elam. “I am so worried for my little girl. I am not able to hover over her to protect her.

“The night was warm and quite dark. I could hear several alligators not far from the house calling back and forth in their strange creaky way. Night birds, frogs and other night creatures added their sounds as a background to my prayer. I soundlessly left my bed and felt my way to the hammock where my eight-year-old slept.

“Lord she has to ride her bicycle alone two miles through the jungle to go to school. There are many wild things out there and always snakes.

“While looking down at the faint outline of my sleeping child with her small white face pillowed on her bent arm, a memory went across my mind. It was the other day: her eyes were large with excitement, her voice almost squeaked, ‘Mom, it was the biggest fattest snake. Its body stretched all the way across the road. I did not know what to do, so I just pulled up my legs and rode my bike over it.’

“I could actually hear the thump of my own heart in the darkness. Then, I heard a voice. It almost seemed to come out of the darkness, but I knew it was inside of me. He said, ‘I was able to take care of your daughter in the United States, and I am able to take care of her here as well.’ After that, I was able to sleep the night through and every night for 17 years. I knew that if He was able to take care of one eight year old girl. He was able to take care of everything else.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”

Trusting in the promises of God gives you something to stand on that is solid, strong and sure.