Trust without Reservation

 Joseph Meier for years played the part of Christ in the passion play in South Dakota. Joseph Meier Passion Play

He carried the cross, and spoke the words. He told this story to Marcus Bach:

     “One day the crowds were getting smaller and smaller. Nothing seemed right, and nothing seemed good. I was carrying the cross through a performance of the play to a small group of people, and I was repeating my lines most accurately: ‘Why take ye thought for tomorrow. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof, oh ye of little faith.’”

Then he confessed, “In my mind I thought, ‘Joseph Meier, you don’t believe it. You are just saying it! Joseph Meier, stop saying it, and start believing it.’” He added, “I thereupon determined in my intellectual will that I was going to believe it. Things have never been the same since.” 1

We read in Genesis 22:13, 14, “Then Abraham lifted his eye, and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, ‘In the Mount of the Lord, it will be provided.’”

The word provide comes from two Latin roots that mean “to see beforehand.” Spurgeon said,

     “God will have everything ready for the time it will be needed. He who provided the ram for a burnt offering in the place of Isaac will provide everything else we need. Depend on this: Since God, in the greatest emergency ever, provided His only Son to die as the substitute for sinners, He will foresee every other emergency that can occur, and He will provide everything necessary to meet it. Blessed be our Lord who provides for us!” 2

   “Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation.”

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  1. Robert Schuller, Your Future is Your Friend, Keats Publishing, Inc., New Canaan, CT, 1974, p. 38
  2. Tom Carter, Spurgeon’s Commentary on Great Chapters of the Bible, Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI, Copyright 1998, pp. 28, 29
  3. Elton Trueblood –