Articles by Stan Dean

Trust

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Some time ago, a large residential building in New York City caught fire. The multi-floor building was quickly being engulfed by flames and firemen were working feverishly trying to get its residents to safety.  

It happened that a young blind girl lived in that building and had made her way to the window sill of the fourth floor. The problem was, that particular window was facing another building with only a narrow alley that separated the two. The firemen tried to get a ladder truck positioned to where they could reach her, but they could not.

Their only other option was to bring in a net and have her to jump into it. So, they brought in a net, which being blind she could not see, and a fireman shouted through a bullhorn for her to jump. As you might imagine, the youngster was terrified and froze.Thankfully though, before the flames reached her, her father arrived on the scene. He got on the bullhorn and explained about the net and told her to jump on his command. Not only did she jump, it was reported that she was so completely relaxed when she hit the net that she walked away totally unscathed.

What made the difference? Obviously, the voice she heard from the bullhorn. Even though the fireman was trying to help her, she did not recognize his voice. But she knew she could trust the words she heard from the voice of her father.  

As I thought on this story I could not help but think of some comparison with the spiritual world. Those who are in sin are in danger of eternal destruction and need to be rescued (Romans 6:23). However, unlike the fireman, not all voices will lead us to safety.

So, what are we to do? Like the young girl, we must put our trust only in the voicethat resonates the familiar teaching of God’s word. Jesus once illustrated this very truthusing sheep and their true shepherd. “When he [the true shepherd] brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet by no means will they follow a stranger, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of a stranger” (John 10:4, 5).

By the way, in whose voice do you put your trust? (cf. Proverbs 30:5)

 

 


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