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    One day, a father and son were out in the country climbing around in some cliffs. The dad heard a voice from above yell, “Hey Dad! Catch me!”. The father turned around to see his son joyfully jumping off a rock and straight at him. The son had jumped and then yelled, “Hey dad!”. The father became an instant circus act, catching the son and falling to the ground while managing to protect his son. The father could hardly speak. He asked his son, “can you give me one good reason why you did that?” The son still smiling, calmly responded, “Sure...because you’re my Dad.”

    This son’s assurance was based on the fact that his father was trustworthy. He could live life to the fullest because he knew that his father could be trusted.

    Earthly fathers are sometimes very trustworthy and other times not. However children often see the best in people. Children allow themselves to trust more completely than most adults. Sometimes this trust can be misplaced when fathers are not the solid rock that they should be. However we as Christians have a father that can be trusted to the fullest. God will never let us down and He will always be there for us. Hebrews 13:5b-6 says, “For he [God] hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” Matthew 28:19-20 Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

    We know that our God is a faithful, trustworthy God. We know that He is with us, He is providing for us, He is working all together for good, He will give us the strength and power to accomplish His will. He is able to do “exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Eph 3:20). This means that we don’t have to worry about what might happen. We can do what is right and trust that He will work it out. We can live our lives even beyond our spiritual potential knowing that He will provide if we are willing to jump.

    How many times do we stand on the edge of the cliff? How many times are we facing a difficult decisions knowing what is right but also doubting that answer because of the difficulties that lie ahead? How many times do we feel like we should do something good, say something, help someone and then back away from the cliff because of the worry of what might happen. How many times have we wanted to talk to someone about their soul, but said nothing out of fear of what might happen?

    Jump! He is with us. He will always be with us when we faithfully trust Him. Jump, and then stand back and be amazed at the wonders that He is able to accomplish through us!