The convenient post box close to my home was vandalised so often that Royal Mail eventually stopped repairing it. The first time I saw it looking neglected and abandoned, I hesitated to post my letter. A neighbour had assured me that collections were still made, but what if he was wrong? I decided to entrust my mail elsewhere. However, a few days later, I saw the mail van on the street. I rushed over to ask the driver if he was collecting the post. He assured me he was and, despite appearances, it was quite safe to use the box! But the next time I needed it I studied its derelict state anxiously. Putting my letters into the slot, I held onto them tightly; should I trust the postman? Reluctantly I dropped them in, but wasn’t entirely happy until I had confirmation of safe arrival!
Genuine faith works in a similar manner. The Bible is packed with truth about Yahweh, His goodness, kindness, power, and multiple promises to those who love Him. When we come to Him in prayer, offering up our problems, anxieties, needs – all those things that feel so huge in our lives – we need to commit them to Him as I committed my letters to the post box. Things don’t happen until we ‘let go’! “Commit your way to [Yahweh]; trust in him and he will do this,” writes David [Psalm 37:5]. Whilst Peter encouraged, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” [1 Peter 5:7]. So often we cast our cares onto Yahweh whilst praying, only to pick them up again as we go on our way! Like putting my ‘mail’ to the opening, but not entrusting it to the ‘truth’!
Dr. Payson, a Congregational minister, would test his prayers by checking if, after committing something to Yahweh, he came away with no more sadness, anxiety, or pain in his heart; believing this confirmed he had prayed in faith. “But if I pray and then still carry my burden,” he wrote, “I conclude my faith was not exercised.” Learning to ‘let go’ is a matter of trust! Yahweh’s faithfulness to His promises is consistent and dependable; He is indisputably trustworthy.