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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Where Do We Put Our Trust?

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There are many things in this world we trust in. We flip a light switch, and trust the light will go on. We put our car in gear, and trust it will go the direction we chose. We sit in a chair, and trust it will not break.

Most of us trust when we board an airplane it will not fall from the sky. We trust if someone gets up and walks to the back of the plane, the plane will continue to fly in a straight line. (Smiling at you, Sissy.)

We trust the pilot flying the Triple 7 knows what she’s doing. (Waving at you, Carmela.)courtesy wikipedia

If it is so easy for us to trust in these things, I wonder why we find it difficult to trust in Jesus alone for our salvation. Far too often we trust in our accomplishments, our busyness, or our goods works to save us; and they can’t.

Each and every one of us is going to be held accountable for everything we’ve ever said and done. Everything.

When we stand before the Righteous Judge and trust in the amount of money we gave to our church, or the number of missions trips we went on, or how often we sat on a church pew those things will not save us. They are outward signs of our inward faith and trust just as stepping onto a boat is an outward sign we trust it will not sink.

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Our salvation depends on whether or not we put our trust in Jesus. Our forgiveness comes through Christ’s sacrifice alone to pay the penalty for our sins.

Nothing else will matter except what we’ve done with Christ in our lives.

So I ask again. Where do we put our trust?

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Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6 (NIV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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The Need to Trust God

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Trust.

  • Belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective, etc. (Webster’s Dictionary)

Trust.

  • To be bold, confident, secure, sure, put confidence in, rely on, hope. (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance)

The Bible is filled with scriptures that talk of trust in God. Time and again we are called to boldly believe God is reliable, good, effective and will do what he says he will do. We are shown multiple instances of people who trusted God despite their situation.

One such person was King David. If we take a close look at David, we know he waited many years from the moment the prophet Samuel anointed him, until the time the people fully accepted him as their king following Saul’s death.

courtesy pixabayWe know David spent years fleeing from Saul’s wrath. As he fled, he faced one mountain-sized problem after another.

Throughout the Psalms that David wrote, we read his pleas for God’s intervention.

Although things weren’t working out the way David envisioned on his road to the throne, he never let go of his bold confidence that God was reliable, good, and worthy of his hope.

David trusted in Jehovah God.

Few of us have been tapped to lead a nation, but each of us has been tasked with using our abilities in one way or the other for God.

What I’m finding to be true is just because we’re doing something for the Lord, that does not mean all will be smooth sailing, and all the mountains will be removed. What I see happening more times than not, when we step out to make a difference for God, the mountains pop up and block our way.

Have you ever noticed that?

We may wonder, as King David did, what’s the deal? What’s with the sheer rock cliff we’re courtesy pixabayfacing? What’s with this wide river that stretches between us and our God-honoring goal? Why haven’t the dreams God gave us been fulfilled? Why?

I don’t have the answers. In fact, I ask myself those very same questions frequently.

What’s the deal?

That’s when I look at David and the psalms he wrote, and I remember how long he waited before God’s promise was fulfilled.

And I remember it all goes back to trust. Trusting the One who is faithful, good, and true. Even when the mountains ARE. NOT. MOVING.

I think of David and decide I must be bold, confident and secure that I’m heading the right direction, even though there are rivers to wade through.

In hope, I hold on to the truth God knows the future. He’s been there. His timing is perfect. Always has been. Always will be. When he says it’s time, those mountains are gonna’ fall.

I’d love to know how you handle trusting while you wait for God to move your mountains.

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But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me. I will sing to the Lord because he is good to me. Psalms 13:5-6 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Hold On To The Promises

As I have mentioned before, this past year and a half has not been the most pleasant of times for Pilot. He and I have felt trapped in a dank, dark tunnel.

Thankfully, through it all, God provided what I call “grace-drops”, and treasures in the dark to keep us hopeful and trusting in his sovereign power.

To celebrate us punching through, and reaching the end of the tunnel we traversed, (cue the Hallelujah Chorus) I would like to share this video with you.

Are you working your way through a dark, seemingly endless tunnel? Hold on to the promises that God will never leave, or forsake you, my friend. Don’t lose hope. Keep trusting the God who has a plan for you. A plan for you to prosper, not a plan to harm you.

I wish you well.

Sandy

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