Don’t Trust Things, Trust God

Isaiah 31:1 CSB
Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help and who depend on horses! They trust in the abundance of chariots and in the large number of horsemen. They do not look to the Holy One of Israel and they do not seek the LORD.

The LORD can rescue us from trial and tribulation in innumerable ways. He is the all creating one, awesome in power, able to speak things into existence. This verbal, creative force is God’s alone and He shares it with no one.

With this power He can cause fire to fall from heaven to consume the soaked sacrifice of Elijah in 1 Kings 18:30-39, or feed the 5000 (+women and children) from a child’s lunch in John 6:4-13.

Sometimes He miraculously orchestrates events to come together. When things look coincidental, I believe there is God in the background working all things for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purposes.

Lamentations 3:22-23

All of this is meant to bring Him glory. We are designed to praise God. Both for the good and the bad times… but how much more should we honor Him when things are resolved when a way forward or even just out seemed impossible?!

Philippians 4:4 CSB
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

So why are we so quick to put our faith and even our hope into the very things created by God to increase our faith in Him? And then why are we surprised when those things fail us, like a home built on a sandstone cliff next to the ocean. There should be no surprises when it falls. God didn’t design or designate these things to stand apart from Him.

I am guilty of this, and I am sure I’m not alone.

I need to learn not to trust the thing but to trust God. Basically, when my bacon is pulled out of the fire, I need to look past the pair of tongs to the hand holding the tongs. That is the mighty hand of God and I promise you He has pulled my bacon out of the fire many times.

I pray we all would do the same: Put our faith and trust in the God who saves and not in the things of this world.

Lamentations 3:22-23
22 Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for his mercies never end.
23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness!

Peace,

Andrew Springer

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