In the dark jungles of Borneo in Malaysia’ s Sahab, an ancient custom is practiced today with every boy on the verge of manhood. Before a boy can be called a man, he must survive a full night in the heart of the most dangerous part of the jungle with no weapon. The jungle is filled with snakes, apes, and all sorts of poisonous reptiles.
Once the boy is taken to the middle of the jungle and checked for any hidden spears or knives, he is left alone. Most boys never make it through the night and come running home in fear. But one little boy (whose father was a chief warrior) purposed in his heart that he would make it. During the night, he was terrified by the sounds of vicious animals all around him. He started to give up more than once. His stomach was bound up in knots and his heart was pounding so hard that the anxiety sapped his strength and he fell asleep. When daybreak came, he was startled by a shadow just behind a tree a few yards away. He thought it was an animal preparing to attack him. As he cautiously looked around the tree, he caught the silhouette of a man. It was his father who had been standing over him all night with his weapon drawn.
Upon seeing his father, he ran and jumped in his arms and said, “Oh father, if I had only known you were here, I wouldn’t have been so afraid.”
Oh, dear brothers and sisters, our God is not one who places his children in the midst of a dangerous world only to leave us to make it on our own (as the deist say). If you are like me, once you become anxious, the floodgates open to a thousand other cares. But, God knows the very number of hairs on your head. The winds that blow are our Father’s winds. The rains that fall are our Father’s rains. His sovereignty rules over every hill and valley, and over every mountain and ravine. The law of nature operates by His hand. This is the reason, we can “be anxious for nothing.” (Phil.4:6) Hear the Lord say to you, “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” (Is.41:10)
Pastor Marvin R. Knight