What Does it Mean to Trust in God?

Brennan Manning tells this story that captures what it really means to trust in God:

Dennis Rainey tells the story of a missionary family home on furlough, staying at the lake house of a friend. On the day in question, Dad was puttering in the boathouse, Mom in the kitchen, and the three children, ages four, seven, and twelve, were on the lawn. Four-year-old Billy escaped his oldest sister’s watchful eye and wandered down to the wooden dock. The shiny aluminum boat caught his eye, but unsteady feet landed him in eight-foot-deep water.

When the twelve-year-old screamed, Dad came running out. Realizing what had happened, he dove into the murky depths. Frantically he felt for his son, but twice, out of breath, he had to return to the surface. Filling his lungs once more, he dove down and found Billy clinging to a wooden pier several feet under. Prying the boy’s fingers loose, he bolted to the surface with Billy in his arms.

Safely ashore, his father asked, “Billy, what were you doing down there?” The little one replied, “Just waitin’ on you, Dad, just waitin’ on you.”

 (Ruthless Trust, Page 94)

 How often in our lives do we try to save ourselves.  We struggle, we worry, and we try to find our way out ourselves.  But the way of the Christian is ultimately a way of trust.  This is what Brennan Manning calls “The Second Conversion.”  The first conversion saves us from the land of sin and death.  The second conversion saves us from the land of worry and self-hatred.  We need to learn simple and child-like faith that lets us cling to Christ in all circumstances at wait for our Loving Father to come to our rescue.



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