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Scriptures to be read before the sermon on Sunday, August 9:

Monday: Acts 27

Tuesday: Acts 28

Wednesday: Romans 1

Thursday: Romans 2

Friday: Romans 3

Saturday: Romans 4


“Trusting God's Trustworthiness”

Perhaps you have heard the old story about the man who was walking along the steep trail. He stopped to take a brief break where the trail came to a huge cliff overlooking this very beautiful valley below. The man tried to get a better view but as he did, he accidentally got too close to the edge and fell.

As he was falling over the cliff he reached out in desperation. There just happened to be a branch where he grabbed and it temporarily stopped his fall. He looked down and to his horror saw the ground several hundred feet below him. His situation seemed impossible. He couldn’t hang onto the branch forever, and there was no way for him to climb back up the steep wall of the cliff.

So he began to yell for help, hoping that someone passing by would hear him and lower a rope or something. “Help, help!” he kept yelling for what seemed like hours. Just about the time that his voice was almost gone and he had just about given up hope of anyone hearing him, he heard a voice calling out to him.

So the man answered back as best he could with what little voice he had left, “I’m down here; can you see me?” The voice yelled back, “I can see you. Are you alright?” The man cried out, “Yes, but who are you and where are you?” The voice replied, “I am the Lord, and I am everywhere.” The man asked, “Do you mean God?” “Yes” was the response. So the man mustered up all the strength and volume that he could and cried out, “Oh, God, please help me! If you do I promise I will stop sinning. I will be a really good person. I will go to church for the rest of my life.”

God stopped the man by telling him that he should consider carefully what it means to really trust God. The man said that he did trust in God and he had believed ever since he was a little boy in Sunday School. God then told the man that it should be no problem if he were asked to do something to trust God. The man agreed. So, God said, “Let go of the branch.” The man asked anxiously, “What?” God responded, “Let go of the branch. Just trust me and let go.”

There was a long silence and then yelling from the man in a cracking voice, “Is there anyone else up there who could help me?” We say that we believe what the Bible teaches us about God being trustworthy, but when we encounter challenging or puzzling situations in life, will we actually trust God’s trustworthiness?

John Harp

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