When my daughter was just a child, she and I devised this little contest that she came to enjoy. I would have her stand directly in front of me, facing away and with her arms at her side. Then she would stiffen her body, close her eyes and slowly fall back toward me. I would assure her again and again that I would always catch her If she would just trust me.

In the beginning, she would begin her slow plummet backwards, but then slightly turn her head to make sure that I was still there. We agreed that there should be a rule that she close her eyes and just fall back blindly into my arms without looking. But she was still uncertain and would move one of her feet back to catch herself before I could grab her. So another rule was necessary that would forbid her from moving her feet at all. She would find that difficult since it would mean that she would be relinquishing all control and placing her welfare completely in my hands. It would be quite some time before she could close her eyes and fall back into my arms without hesitancy. Over and over again, I would tell her, “Just relax, trust your daddy. I promise that I will always catch you.”

Eventually, all of her fears were gone and she was begging me to play “the trust game” with her. This game that we played together into her early teens would have been short-lived if I had ever failed even once to catch her. I believe that I have her trust even today because I have  kept my promise. To have earned her trust is one my greatest honors as her father

You cannot partially trust without partially doubting. And so it is with God. We either trust Him completely or we shamefully doubt Him. This is so important to Him that His Word speaks much about His desire to be the recipient of our unwavering trust.

In God, whose word I praise in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? Psalm 56:4

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3: 5-6

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Isaiah 26:3

Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 9:10

These verses are but a small portion of those that stress the importance of trusting God, which is really a call for us to strengthen our faith. Over and over, we are challenged to not be afraid, but to look to our Creator for wisdom, guidance, safety and protection.

This life is uncertain, but when we come to trust our loving Savior, we realize that He only desires good for us. He has promised to always be near us and why would the greatest Father of all ever deceive us? He has proved Himself over and over again.

My challenge to you today is to close your eyes, relax and fall into His arms of everlasting love. He will always catch you!

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