January 13th - Trust
We will rejoice in your salvation, And in the name of our God we will set up our banners! May the Lord fulfill all your petitions. Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven With the saving strength of His right hand. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God. Psalms 20:5-7 (NKJV)
I believe horses to be magnificent animals. They are powerful, and from personal experience let me tell you, they can hurt you. You can be bucked off, scraped off, thrown off, stepped on, bitten and injured in unexpected ways and in unexpected places. Needless to say, "I don't trust horses, or trust in horses!" Just so I'm not accused of giving horses a bad rap, let me be clear: "My hope (and my trust) is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus' name!"
There it is--out in the open... I don't trust in man-made institutions. (I have a lot of respect for many of our institutions, but I am not putting my trust in them to do the right thing) I don't trust in the "less than" almighty dollar. (Even before it inflates--it's only paper) I don't trust in elected officials. (I pray for the leadership of our country, but that does not mean that I have any confidence in their decision-making process) I don't trust in new cars. (My car was less than a month old when it broke down and had to be towed in for a repair) If life experience has taught me anything, it is that there is only one source worthy of our trust. That would be God Almighty--Creator of all that is!
Let me express why I have put my trust in God: He hears my prayers. He cares about me. He has saved me. He is
preparing a place for me. He encourages me and guides my steps. He fills me with courage. He places within my heart a peace that passes all understanding. He is always with me and will never forsake me. His love never fails or gives up; I could go on and on... Frankly, as I look at our broken, dangerous, messed up world, and I do not see another worthy alternative for my trust. It is either trust in God or, mindlessly, "eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die." Please know that I will not be searching for another alternative, because, like the Apostle Paul, "I know who I believe in and I am persuaded that He is able to keep me and the things I care about safe until that day when I am with Him!"
Author's Note: I now realize how good of a home that my parents provided, because I was fairly sheltered and unaware of the cold and dangerous world. In my journey through this life I have been cheated, robbed, attacked, accused, lied about, misled and suffered through a myriad of negative life experiences. In every circumstance--God has been there with me. When we say, God is good," I don't think it even scratches the surface of how truly great and grand the Creator's style of "Goodness!" RJD