Stop for a moment and ask yourself: What did my pastor teach on Sunday? What book, chapter, and verses did he cover? What was the title of the teaching and lastly what did he want you to remember or do?
If you are having difficulty recalling, do not be discouraged, it means you are typical in this sense: Between Sunday and now you have had a lot of information and activity competing for your mental attention and space.
The Word of God is always in competition for our thoughts and hearts. And as life moves forward riches, pressures and pleasures can begin to choke out God’s word from our minds (Luke 8:14) depleting our faith and trust until it becomes ‘emergency God*’ time.
In the verse above did you notice the contrast? Trust in chariots and horses or trust in God.
In OT times, chariots and horses represented the strength, power, and prestige of a nation. Chariots and horses were for both protection and conquest. They expanded borders and protected cities.
But what do we use for strength and power? Where is our prestige and protection? How do we overcome and conquer?
By our trust in the Lord!
Our God “gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.” (Romans 4:17), and has “made us more than conquerors through his love” (Romans 8:37).
Horses and chariots living are very deceptive. No matter how many we have, they cannot assuage our discontent and dissatisfaction, calm our fears and anxiety or slack our lust and greed.
But we who trust in the Lord find our strength and sufficiency in his limitless ability and not our own.
1 Corinthians 3:5: “Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God.”
That is why we trust him.
If verse seven is about choice, then verse eight is about results or consequences, or outcomes.
Psalm 20:8: “They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright.”
We who trust the Lord get stronger; they who trust in chariots and horses get weaker and weaker.
We rise, endure, and stand tall unbowed by trials and tribulation while their strength and power fails them.
STC: How do we develop this trust in the Lord? Answer, by having an agenda for growth and change. We call this discipleship.
Our agenda consists of about six areas that make about 90 percent of the difference in our spiritual lives:
Prayer – Study – Fellowship – Giving – Service – Confession and Repentance
The more we learn of Jesus and practice these disciplines the more our relationship with him deepens and our trust in the Lord grows. We become wiser, more discerning, more loving, more like Jesus in every way.
Lord, help us to trust you.
*Emergency God is when we have exhausted all other means to solve a problem and only at the last moment turn to God for help.
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