Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Learning to Trust God


When I was a kid, I took swimming lessons at the local neighborhood pool. The easy part was when I grabbed on to the side of the pool while someone held me up as I learned how to kick. Then came the hard part. I had to learn how to float.

It was hard for me to believe that the water would hold me up without any effort of my own. I would try to float, but then my feet would immediately drop down so I could stand up. I didn’t fool anyone when I did that awkward “half swim” where I walked along the bottom of the pool while moving my arms like I was swimming.

The instructor kept telling me to trust him—that the water really would hold me up if I would just relax. But that was the problem. I couldn’t relax when I thought I was going to drown. Then one day, I quit trying to float and I just went limp. To my surprise, I didn’t sink. For the first time in my life I floated, without any effort on my part. When I totally surrendered to the water and quit struggling, it held me up.

That’s how we trust God. Inwardly we go limp. We quit struggling and submit to His control. In absolute surrender, we say, “Lord, I’m totally depending on you to come through.” David said, “When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You . . . In God I will put my trust; I shall not be afraid” (Ps. 56:3, 4). He learned how to float by relaxing and placing his complete trust in God rather than himself. And you must do the same.

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