In the early days of our country a weary traveler came to the banks of the Mississippi River for the first time. There was no bridge. It was in the middle of winter, the surface of the mighty river was covered with ice. He wanted to cross over to the other side but did not know if the ice would be strong enough to support his weight.
Night was falling, and it was urgent that he reach the other side. Finally, after much hesitation and with many fears, he began to creep cautiously across the surface of the ice on his hands and knees. About halfway across he heard the sound of singing behind him. Out of the dusk came another man, driving a four-horse load of coal across the ice and singing merrily as he went his way!
Here he was, on hands and knees, trembling, lest the ice not be strong enough to bear him up! And there, as if whisked away by the winter's wind, went the other man, his horses, his sleigh, and his load of coal - upheld by the ice on which he, the weary traveler, was creeping on hands and knees.
Some of us have learned only to creep upon the promises of God. Cautiously we venture forth upon his promises, as though our step might make his promises more secure. We need to cast our fears aside. Our faith is founded on the unchangeable and unbreakable promises of God.
As we face troublesome times, God says that he will always be with us and that he will protect us from harm and danger. That promise is more certain than that ice which carried the weight of the wagon loaded with coal. God's promises are founded on his faithfulness to his Word, his almighty power and divine wisdom.
It's only when we trust in ourselves do we find ourselves on thin ice. How frail we are! How helpless to solve the problems we face! What can we do to solve the problem of sin? What can we do to make up for the countless times we have broken God's law and will continue to do so? Without the Lord's help our situation is hopeless.
It is only when we put our trust in the Lord can we be certain that all will turn out well. This is not only true when it comes to the problems we face day in and day out. More importantly, it is true when we are face to face with the consequences of our sin.
"Commit thy way unto the Lord. Trust also in him and he shall bring it to pass." (Psalm 37:5) Turn your problems and troubles over to the Lord. Put your trust in him and you need never be afraid. He is our Rock and Fortress. We have no reason to be afraid as long as we have him to rely on. With him as our foundation, we are never on thin ice.