By The Librarian
One of the most scary experiences for a rock-climber is the first time he has to rappel down a cliff. The difficulty does not originate with the technical aspect of the rappelling itself. The uncomfortable techniques used twenty years ago have been replaced by highly efficient and very secure gear made of reliable and extremely resistant materials. The difficulty is that, to begin the rappelling, one has to lean backwards toward the cliff and let his whole body weight hang onto the rope, using the legs to push oneself away from the wall! If he tries to stay close to the wall, he will slip and fall against the wall, with possible serious injuries. Yet in such a position, the individual has no grip whatsoever on the rock and is quite vulnerable and dependent on the gear. Many say they'll never do such a thing because they're too scared by the thought of falling off due to some gear failure. So the instructor will spend time explaining that a rope is made with a triple lining, how the harness can support a weight of three tons, how the python sealed in the rock can resist to a pulling force of ten tons, how the hooks can secure a falling weight of up to five tons, until the scared-to-death candidate gains trust in the gear. The more he knows about the gear, the less rappelling down a cliff, regardless of how high it is, appears to be dangerous or risky.
By Bible Speaks
"The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God."
(1 Cor 3:19)
Trust in Jehovah as the End Draws Near
We cling to Jehovah when we heed his Word, which often runs contrary to human wisdom. (Ps. 73:23, 24)
For instance, people influenced by human wisdom may say: ‘You have only one life; make the most of it.’ ‘Pursue a good career.’ ‘Make a lot of money.’ ‘Buy this, buy that.’ ‘Travel; enjoy the world.’ Godly wisdom, on the other hand, is in line with the advice: “[Let] those making use of the world [be] as those not using it to the full; for the scene of this world is changing.” (1 Cor. 7:31)
Likewise, Jesus exhorts us always to put Kingdom interests first and thereby store up “treasures in heaven,” where they will be absolutely secure.—(Matt. 6:19, 20)
Does your attitude toward “the world” and “the things in the world” reflect your complete trust in God? (1 John 2:15-17)
Are spiritual riches and privileges of Kingdom service more desirable and important to you than the things the world offers? (Phil. 3:8) Do you strive to maintain a ‘simple eye’? (Matt. 6:22)
Of course, God does not want you to be imprudent or irresponsible, especially if you have a family to care for. (1 Tim. 5:8)
But he does expect his servants to trust fully in him—not in Satan’s dying world.—Heb. 13:5
Holding to God’s standards leads to happiness
How can we trust in God
• when tempted to do wrong?
• when facing apathy or opposition?
• when dealing with anxieties?
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