“Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.”
In a way this verse takes us back to the exodus. The Israelites were led to freedom through the parted waters of the sea, which then poured together again and destroyed the chariots, horses and soldiers of Pharaoh. Again and again God proved Himself more powerful than the might of any force ranged against His people.
“There he broke the flashing arrows, the shields and the swords, the weapons of war.” (Psalm 76:3)
Every day we put our trust in the inventions and provisions of man. From motor vehicles to business activities, from pension funds to armies we rely on them for the provision and protection of the lives we lead. However history and our own experience tells us how fragile such things are and how quickly they can change and even disappear. At the moment the news is full of reports and pictures of damage, desolation and death in various parts of the world. And on top of all this violence there is still “the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, (and) the plague that destroys at midday.” (Psalm 91:6)
For the Christian there is a hope and a trust that goes beyond the resources and resolutions of man. There is the Lord God Almighty – our Father, our Lord and Saviour, and our Strength and Comforter. He is with us and will be with us always. ‘He is the Living God, who acts and intervenes in human life, and who can be trusted to implement His promises.’
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4)
Talk to the Lord. Ask Him to intervene in the world’s trouble spots, and your own. Pray for trust, guidance and strength. Keep on.
Father Almighty, thank You so much for Your love and presence. Forgive us for all the damage, desolation and death in so many countries and lives. Bless Your people Lord. Bless me. Help us all to be beacons of hope and faith in our situations. Amen.