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This morning’s sermon at Cherry Tree Court looked at the subject of trusting, but used the analogy of floating in water. Most of us don’t float instinctively because we have to overcome our fear of the water before we trust it to keep us afloat! Similarly, most of us don’t find it easy to trust God, even though He is reliable and trustworthy. We prefer to be in control of our own lives and don’t like to feel we don’t know what’s happening.
Heb 11:6 tells us it’s impossible to please God without faith, and when we read that famous chapter of faith, we see that ordinary people simply did what God told them to do. What they did may well seem odd to us (Abel offering a sacrifice, Noah building a boat, Abraham going on a journey without knowing his destination), but what was important was their obedience in response to what God said. Trusting God means we don’t have to have all the answers or know everything, but that we choose to obey what He says.
Prov 3:5-6 tells us to trust in the Lord with all our heart and not lean on our own understanding. When we submit to Him in everything – effectively allowing Him to have the driving seat of our lives – we can trust Him to direct our paths and make them straight. When we learn to float, it’s surprisingly relaxing and soothing – and a life of trust can be fulfilling and relaxing too!