“I feel that God has put me beside a cliff where people dance close to the edge. I say to them, “Look, if I were you, I wouldn’t get so close. I have seen people go over and they always get hurt. Some of them get killed.” And they say, “I really appreciate your telling me that. I didn’t realize it was so dangerous.” And then they jump! I feel so responsible for the pain. And the father reminded me through his word, “Son you are not responsible for the jumping; you are responsible for the telling. As long as you are faithful, you don’t have to play God.” Steve Brown
I have stood near the edge of the Grand Canyon and seen people and small children walking up to the edge in order to see how close they could get without falling. I have never seen anyone jump or fall. However, I do feel like the quote from Steve Brown in many situations.
We can choose to be anxious over the results of the CAT scan or we can choose to put our hope and trust in God. We can choose not to be downcast or disturbed. Psalm 42:11 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.
Our feelings may not change immediately. It may take a great deal of time. When we choose to put our hope and trust in God our heart will be comforted, David in his times of distress chose to trust God. Psalm 56:3–4 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. 4 In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?
David was not cocky or arrogant he admitted he was afraid. David was a great warrior, a man of courage yet he was afraid. This Psalm was written when the Philistines had seized him in Gath. We can read about that in: 1 Samuel 21:12–13 And David took these words to heart and was much afraid of Achish the king of Gath. 13 So he changed his behavior before them and pretended to be insane in their hands and made marks on the doors of the gate and let his spittle run down his beard.
Despite his fear he said, “I put my trust in you…. I shall not be afraid.” Many times, in the Psalms we find David saying he chooses to trust God. Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
That is the same as saying, “I will trust God in the face of evil” I choose to trust in God in the face of evil. Psalm 16:8 I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. David recognized God’s present, God’s constant help. David chose to recognize God’s presence in God’s help. William Jennings Bryan stated: “Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice.”
What choice have you made that has affected your life and drawn you closer to God?