Our Hope is in Jesus

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In studying the Israelite’s exodus from Egypt, I once again marveled at how God protected his people as the Egyptian army chased them to the Red Sea.

During our class discussion of Exodus chapter 4 we joked about the Charlton Heston movie, Ten Commandments.

We discussed the fact if the Israelites hadn’t broken camp when God told them to, courtesy pixabaytrusted God, and walked into the dry sea bed God provided after Moses held his staff over the sea and told them to get moving, they would not have reached the other side.

We talked about God’s provision for his people and the fact he went before them and came behind them to protect them from their enemies.

We agreed that just like us, the Israelites had to do their part before God did his. They had to swallow their fears and take that first step between the walls of water before they reached safety.

We mentioned the fact the Egyptians trusted in their military might and the large numbers of chariots they used to pursue the former slaves, but when the wheels of those mighty chariots caught in the mud and fell off, they realized too late, who they were up against. They cried out, “Let’s get away from the Israelites! The LORD is fighting for them against Egypt.”

The Egyptians trusted in their chariots.

Those of us who belong to Jesus trust in him alone. All our hope is in Jesus.

He is the one who breaks the chains of slavery. He is the one who sets us free from our sins. He is the one who fights for us and brings the victory.

Where do you place your trust? In chariots or in the LORD?

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Some trust in chariots, others in horses, but we trust the Lord our God. Psalm 20:7 (NCV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Trust God, Not Chariots

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Trust. Assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something. One in which confidence is placed. That’s how Webster’s dictionary defines the word.

Throughout history God gives his people a choice. Trust God. Trust man. We will all give an account for where we placed our trust. We need to choose wisely between the two.

Some may try to set themselves above God, but God alone is LORD.

Some trust in power. Some trust in wealth. Some trust in their work. Some trust in status.

In reading the history of the nation of Israel recorded in the Old Testament, we see people who trusted in all of those things. We also see the reliance of many nations upon their military might and weaponry.

Many of those nations did not trust God, and did not rely upon him. Those who relied on their own devices usually failed, unless God used their victory for his own purposes. Those who trusted God and relied on him usually succeeded, unless God used their defeat as punishment.

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Those who did not trust God trusted their chariots and horses. They trusted their weapons of iron. They trusted their enormous numbers. They trusted in the fear their name produced.

Time and again we see that God is not interested in chariots, weapons, numbers, or pedigree. God is interested in obedience and trust in him.

The God who raises up, also tears down. Despite what some may say, God still reigns on his throne. God is still El Elyon, the God most high. God is still above all. Everything is still under him.

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We would be wise to make sure we place our trust in God and God alone.

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Some trust in chariots, others in horses, but we trust the Lord our God. Psalm 20:7 (NCV)

I wish you well,

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures — Some Trust in Chariots

Isaiah 40By Sandy Kirby Quandt

In reading about the military battles of the Israelites throughout the Old Testament, one thing I have noticed is the reliance of many nations upon their military might and weaponry.

Many of these nations did not rely upon God. Those who relied on their own devices usually failed unless God was using their victory for his own purposes. Those who relied on God usually succeeded unless God was using their defeat as punishment.

Those who did not rely on God relied on their chariots and horses. They relied on their weapons of iron. They relied on their enormous numbers.

Time and again we see that God is not interested in chariots, weapons, or numbers.

King Ahab and King Jehoshaphat 2 Chronicles 18, David and Goliath 1 Samuel 17, and  Gideon Judges 7 are a few examples of this truth that come to mind.

Today we face armies that may seem to outnumber us. They may wield far superior weapons of iron while we carry a sling and five stones. They may be riding in chariots pulled by swift horses as we slug along on foot.

Doesn’t matter. What matters is that we have God on our side.

Whenever we feel as if we are fighting a difficult battle, whatever foe we may be up against, our hope of victory comes through the LORD.

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Some trust in their war chariots and others in their horses,
but we trust in the power of the Lord our God.  Psalm 20:7 (GNT)

 I wish you well.

Sandy

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