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“Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”
Psalm 20: 7 (NIV)
In a world that seems to have gone mad, the psalmist reminds us of a truth that anchors our faith and challenges us to consider where we have placed that faith.
As I read in Isaiah, I am struck by the reality of how dark the world was that Isaiah was living in. Yes, darkness was there in abundance, but Isaiah also pointed to the future coming of the Messiah even though he was writing between 750-700 BC.
Yet they despaired of the hope they could not see and they looked to things they could see for their hope in desperate times. They were trusting in the wrong things.
They were trusting in other kings because they had turned their backs on God. They were also trusting in other gods, things produced by their own hands. They were trusting in themselves.
The people sought many voices to show them the way and did so before they sought the voice of the Lord to bring the only light that could cut through the darkness.
This history challenges us. Are we more like them than we might think when we face dark times?
What I see ever more clearly is that darkness has been a reality from the beginning of time era after era, to think or believe otherwise is to operate in denial. Consider the sense of darkness that pervaded the entire world through two deadly world wars and so many other events since that time.
For us, even as in Isaiah’s lifetime, there was light ahead that could be seen for those who looked and trusted in God more than in any of the things they had begun to trust.
The shaking seasons of our lives have often ultimately gifted us with the surest sense of the Lord’s goodness and trustworthiness.
In our personal lives and the world around us across the globe, it seems that everything is shaking.
We must not forget the Bible points to how darkness will increase as the time of his reappearing draws closer.
When I look for light in the midst of darkness when everything is being shaken, I am reminded He is allowing it to reveal to me what is unshakeable.
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses,but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright.” Ps. 20:7-8 (ESV)
Dear Lord, as dark clouds gather, awaken our hearts to the One whose light never dims or goes out. May our trust in Him cause us to seek his voice above all others and to not grow weary as we wait for his provision and promise. Amen