Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on horses, who trust in the
multitude of their chariots and in the great strength of their horsemen, but do not look
to the Holy One of Israel, or seek help from the Lord. . .But the Egyptians are men and
not God; their horses are flesh and not spirit (Isaiah 31:1-3).
As you may well be aware of, Israel's past is filled with
wars and conflict. In the middle of their struggles they often forgot that they needed to
trust God to help them to overcome their dire circumstances. Instead, they placed their
trust in horses and chariots, a strong army or a good king to lead them to victory. They
sometimes chose to place their trust in a strong ally. They chose to place their trust in
what they could physically see rather than in God. It was often not until they were
completely out of options that they turned to God for help--not until they came to the end
of themselves before they could see Him.
Imagine yourself in such a land. One ripped by war from decade to decade, having only
brief periods of peace. If you found yourself in the midst of battle, alone and surrounded
by hundreds of enemy soldiers, what would you choose to do? Do you see yourself
transforming into Rambo, defeating the enemy and saving the day? Very exciting but highly
unlikely. Do you see yourself fighting to your very last breath? Or maybe you see yourself
stopping and dropping to your knees to pray for God to deliver you.
King David knew what it was like to be in the midst of battle, and he knew victory much of
the time. Yet, David knew where to place his trust first, last and always. In Psalms 20:7,
David states, "Some [trust] in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the
name of the LORD our God."
Now imagine the battle somewhat differently. You are in the midst of battle and the battle
is nearing the end. You and your army surround the last three or four men that remain of
the all but wiped out enemy army. What do you choose to do? Can you picture yourself
dropping to your knees to call on God for help? If not, why not
The God who will protect us from the hundreds, or even the thousands, is the same God who
will protect us from the one. His faithfulness is not conditional based upon our
circumstances, and neither is our faith in Him to be conditional. Trusting God does not
mean that we do all we can do within and of ourselves, and then--after we have exhausted
our resources--and only then, do we turn to Him for help. It is far more difficult to
entrust something to someone that we ourselves are capable of handling, than to entrust to
them what we cannot.
Maybe what you are facing in your life is something you feel you have under control. You
feel full well that you can handle it and have no doubts of your own efforts and
abilities. Yet, in order to see that God's will is met within everything we must learn to
trust Him with everything. The BIG things are easy to entrust to Him because there is
absolutely nothing we can do about them. But it is the little things that Satan will use
to beset us because those are the things we handle many times without even a word to God,
or even a prayerful thought. And what we end up doing is building more trust in our
abilities, decisions and experience--trusting ourselves with all the little things that
make up the greater portion of our lives. In turn, we trust the greater portion of our
lives to ourselves--trusting less and less to God.
Just as a parent knows better than the child what is best for the child, God knows what is
best for His children. The majority of your life is best entrusted to the One who knows
what is best for you. Don't be fooled into thinking that God will handle the big things
while you take care of the rest. It is often the little things that bring us down.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).