A man was hiking in the mountains when his foot slipped on a steep path. Sliding down the side of the mountain out of control, he managed to reach out and grab hold of a clump of brush just before he flew off a ledge. Holding on for dear life, he began crying out for help. Quickly realizing there was no one to hear him, his cries for help turned into sobs of desperation. Almost as a last resort, he called out to God to rescue him. Soon, his pleas changed to begging for his life, promising to do whatever God wanted him to do, if He would only save him. When he heard the big, booming voice come from Heaven, he was so shocked he almost let go of the bush!
“YOUNG MAN, THIS IS GOD – I HAVE HEARD YOUR CRIES AND I WILL SAVE YOU.”
Feeling great relief the man replied, “Oh thank you, I’ll do anything you ask.” Once again the voice boomed, “I ONLY WANT YOU TO DO ONE THING, AND I WILL RESCUE YOU.” “Anything you want God” the man answered. The voice of God boomed again, “LET GO OF THE BUSH”….Sure he had heard wrong, the man said, “What did you say God?” “LET GO OF THE BUSH AND I WILL SAVE YOU.” There was a long, long moment of silence. The man looked down, looked up to heaven, looked down again. Finally he spoke, “Is there anyone else up there?”
If we are honest about it, most of us can relate to feeling the same as that man when it comes to giving up control of our lives. Even when our backs are against the wall and we have no where to go, we still resist turning ourselves over to God. We simply don’t want to let go of our hold on our “bushes”, and trust God will catch us when we fall.
“Make a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the direction and care of Jesus Christ, our Lord, Savior, Teacher, and Healer.”
The way to victory over life-controlling problems is not a method, but a person; Jesus Christ. Only as we surrender control to Him do we find the chains of our issues break away.
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy path.” Proverbs 3:5-6
We have trusted in ourselves and the results have been disastrous. Our understanding has been marked by denial of our problems, or addictions, and placing blame on every one else except us.
The Amplified Bible says it this way:
“Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Our best thinking got us here in the midst of our struggle. Time and again many of us have sought to overcome and been defeated. When we can accept that we need God to guide us and lead us, it becomes comforting indeed to know that He will make our way straight as we rely on Him.
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
Christ promises us that when we make a decision to trust Him, to rely on Him, and not ourselves any longer. He will give us rest! What an awesome promise! As we press on deeper, we are no longer laboring in our strength, but yoked to Christ – Our Lord, Savior, Teacher, and Healer.