- Who Holds the Rope –
by, Aug 13th 2012 at 07:26 PM (307 Views)
Deuteronomy 31:8, “The LORD, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you nor forsake you”
Romans 4:20, “[Abraham] did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief”
Some years ago I read a story that went something like this. A group of scientists and botanists were exploring remote regions of the Alps in search of new species of flowers. One day they noticed through binoculars a flower of such rarity and beauty that its value to science was incalculable. But it lay deep in a ravine with cliffs on both sides. To get to the flower someone had to be lowered over the cliff on a rope. A curious young boy was watching nearby, and the scientists told him they would pay him well if he would agree to be lowered over the cliff to retrieve the flower below. The boy took one long look down the steep, dizzy depths and said, “I’ll be back in a minute.” A short time later he returned, followed by a gray-haired man. Approaching the botanist, the boy said, “I'll go over that cliff and get that flower for you if this man holds the rope. He’s my father. Oh, that God might give us the faith of that boy! My friend, have you learned to trust the Lord like that. If anyone else holds the rope, I dare not go. But since Jesus is holding me fast, I can never doubt. Are you willing to say, “If my Father holds the rope, I shall not fear”? He holds my hand, this wonderful Savior, and He is mine; So why should I fear when I know He’s so near, and I know that His hand holds mine? Thus, the promise of God’s unfailing presence with us is the key to living with confidence and contentment.
It’s a good thing God isn’t like us. So often we find ourselves failing in our promises to Him. We even ignore or challenge His commands. We give in to our sinful nature and do the very things we know we ought not to do. Or worse yet, we choose not to do that which we are expected to do and we often doubt Him and His Word, but even this doesn’t change His love toward us. Thus, when we follow the Lord with all our heart He will be faithful to keep His promises to us as with Joshua, Moses, and Abraham. If anyone had reason to wonder if God could or would keep His promises, it was Abraham. But “contrary to hope, in hope [Abraham] believed” (Romans 4:18). We know that what God had promised him, that he and his wife would have a child when they were both past 90 years old, could not have happened without divine intervention. So, are you looking for hope? Then search the Scriptures diligently and claim the promises of God that apply to you. Promises truly are the hope of the heart, and God always keeps His word. Our strength for the present and our hope for the future are not based on the stability of our own perseverance but on the faithful promises of God, our Creator. If you are a child of God by faith in His Son Jesus Christ, He has promised never to leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). My brethren, hold on to God’s promises, but don’t twist them.
Take God’s promises to heart, but never take them for granted.