The trembling, rumbling ride

By Dan Richardson
Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015
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“Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling (Psalm 2:11).”

When I was 10, my uncle Roy offered me a ride on his motorcycle. It was an awesome invitation. Imagining the wind blowing in my face was exciting. Uncle Roy would not let me down. I trusted him. Heartily accepting, I hopped on and away we went. Our ride began at a casual pace through a residential zone. The power of the engine made its power known.

We approached the freeway — a speed limit of 55 MPH. “Hold on!” uncle Roy said, as he veered the turn in confidence. The bike straightened and he accelerated. Yikes! The engine was triumphantly loud. Glancing to each side, I watched scenery pass by quickly. The resistance of air against my arms and legs warned me of the potential danger of falling. I would not let go. The faster we went, the tighter I held on. It was thrilling!

In many ways, following Jesus is like that ride. More awesome than any speed here on Earth, He is mighty in stature and power. The sounds of mountains shaking (recalled in Scripture) speak of His great undergirding strength. He upholds all things by the word of His power (Hebrews 1:3).

While days seem to drag, a look back tells us how quickly they go by. Life is full of “dangers, toils and snares.” The brevity and hazards cause us to moan. Everything can be gone in one moment. These thoughts are sobering.

At the same time, a child of God doesn’t fear the next life. He is trusting in Jesus and nothing will separate him from God’s love. Fellowship with God is exciting. Rejoicing in delight, God’s child doesn’t think twice of letting go of his Savior.

Trembling happens because God is great and powerful; yet it is mingled in rejoicing because of His great love in Christ. Trembling is done in confidence, not in fear.

Don’t be afraid. Trust in Jesus and don’t let go. Lose the world and gain your soul.

Godly Heritage Quote of the Week
“Hold fast to the Bible as the sheet-anchor of your liberties; write its precepts in your hearts and practice them in your lives. To the influence of this book we are indebted for all the progress made in true civilization, and to this we must look as our guide in the future. Righteousness exalts a nation; but sin is a reproach to any people.”
—Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President of the United States, Commanding General of the Union Army

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