Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm. (New Living Translation)- Psalm 20:7-8
This passage of scripture has been coming to my mind a lot lately. We talk a lot about trusting in God but when the foundation of our world is shaken, we suddenly realize that perhaps we were not trusting in God as much as we thought. We discover to our horror that we were trusting in our own strength or the strength of other individuals instead.
It is easy to trust God in regards to your marriage when the marriage is strong and good. It is easy to trust God to provide for you when you earn a regular paycheck which is sufficient. Okay, you may need to do some careful budgeting in order to make it sufficient but if you do that and stretch a bit, it is sufficient. It's no trouble at all to trust God in regards to your health when you're not sick. That's easy! We pat ourselves on the back and talk about how much faith we have but in reality we are not trusting God. We are trusting in our own selves.
Look what we've built! Look what we've accomplished! Look at how we've solved the problem! Like the rich man, we tell ourselves to be at ease and to eat, drink and be merry.
So what happens when the marriage crumbles, the job is terminated or you're laid off or you learn you have something like cancer? Are you going to continue to "trust in horses and chariots", the strength of yourself or others or are you going to trust in God?
This is something we need to think about seriously now rather than later. Your life as you know it can change in one single moment without any warning whatsoever. Believe me, it can. Anyone who thinks it can't is only fooling themselves.
We do not know what our future holds. Now is the time for us to determine where our trust lies. Is it in "chariots and horses" or is it in God?
The account of Job is comforting to all who have trials and adversity. May we all be able to say as Job did, 'Though He slay me, yet will I [b]trust[/b] Him."
We do look for help in the wrong places a lot. Thanks for the verse, and the message. God Bless. billy.
Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the Lord!
This one seems to fit your blog as well as the one from Psalms. --Greg D.