In his book, Holy Sweat, Tim Hansel recounted an interesting personal story. “One day, while my son Zac and I were out in the country, climbing around in some cliffs, I heard a voice from above me yell, ‘Hey Dad! Catch me!’ I turned around to see Zac joyfully jumping off a rock straight at me. He had jumped and then yelled ‘Hey Dad!’ I became an instant circus act, catching him. We both fell to the ground. For a moment after I caught him I could hardly talk. When I found my voice again I gasped in exasperation: ‘Zac! Can you give me one good reason why you did that?’ He responded with remarkable calmness: ‘Sure…because you’re my Dad.’ His whole assurance was based in the fact that his father was trustworthy” (46-47).
As I read this story, I couldn’t help but think about God. Life often feels like one giant leap off of a cliff. It could either end in disaster or end in the arms of our Heavenly Father. Christians have probably all experienced how trustworthy God is. The problem is, there is a huge difference between a “leap of faith,” and a “leap of ignorance.” A “leap of faith” is when we trust that God’s wisdom and commands in the Bible are true and follow them with complete confidence. A “leap of ignorance” is when we trust our own rules, interpretations, and wisdom and think that God is still going catch us. Unfortunately, many people have placed their wisdom and wants above God’s. It is then that the leap becomes complete foolishness (1 Corinthians 3:18-19).
Let’s be reminded of Isaiah 55:8-9, “‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.’” Jumping off of the “trust” cliff is all about trusting in the Lord’s commands and the Lord’s wisdom, not our own. Too often we get into the trap of, “Well, I just don’t think God would condemn this,” or “I think this is a better way,” or even, “I like this better.” It’s not about what “I” think; it’s about what God thinks.
Saying that God is trustworthy is an understatement. He has never broken a promise. He will always fulfill His word. So, we must make sure that we are following His word, not our own. When we are standing on the edge of the “trust” cliff, let’s make sure we are taking the “leap of faith,” and not the “leap of ignorance.”