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Sometimes circumstances in our lives can leave us feeling uncertain. We’re not sure what is coming or which direction we should head. Maybe we’re not sure how we’re going to get through whatever it is we’re facing and come out on top at the end. In what are we trusting?
I think it’s safe to say that, as humans, we like to feel as if things are under control. We don’t like confusion and uncertainty. Not that we can’t be spontaneous, but we like to know that things are in place, just in case.
So what happens when they aren’t? Perhaps that’s where Psalms 20:7-9 comes in:
“Some trust in chariots and others in horses, but we depend on the Lord our God. They will fall down, but we will stand firm. The Lord will deliver the king; he will answer us when we call to him for help!“ (NET)
At the time when David and his men went into battle, having chariots and horses gave an army a great advantage. But how easy would it be to trust those chariots and horses to help you win the battle, rather than trusting the Lord?
In what are you trusting?
We don’t rely on chariots and horses in battle now. But we can still rely on them figuratively. If you fight a legal battle, do you trust in your attorney? When you fight a medical battle, do you rely on your doctor? If you fight a spiritual battle, do you trust in your pastor? If you face financial pressures (a job layoff, for instance), do you rely on your bank account or investments?
The Lord has given us people to help us along our way, and for that I am very thankful. Please don’t misunderstand. These people may play very important roles in our battles. However, we need to be careful to depend on the Lord. We may place trust in these people, but ultimately we need to trust in the Lord and His ability to work through these people as we fight our battles.
Then again, we ought to take a good look at those battles we fight. Are they His battles or our own? Are we fighting for selfish gain? He sees the motives of our hearts, and He knows why we face the battles we do. If we are doing our own thing, fighting against others or our circumstances out of our own selfishness, He may choose to allow the natural consequences to teach us what we truly need to learn.
If, however, we are careful to walk with Him on the path He is leading us along, we can be confident that He “will answer us when we call to him for help!” We can depend on Him!