Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Trust in His Name
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
Psalm 20:7 (NIV)
We hear a lot about trust in these times. Usually we hear of someone letting another person or group down. When we have certain issues come to light, we get all defensive and react harshly. Then sometimes we regret what we have verbalized.
The issue as Christians is, who do we trust? We see people who put forth a lot of time, money and effort in things that, in the scheme of things, seem silly. Sometimes what we see people pouring out a lot of work to the point that what they do and the object they work toward becomes their god.
The scripture above tells us that people trusting in possessions is not a new thing. It’s a human frailty. Cars have need of gasoline, and new plug wires, or the tires have to be rotated or replaced. Yes, even these possessions require looking after. They are not always going to be in topnotch shape. They do let us down.
A former pastor told us that Christian ministry is hard. People will let us down, we might let others down. These things happen because of humanity.
But, God doesn’t let us down. He may not answer our prayers as we want but He does that because He believes 1.) We aren’t ready for what we ask, or 2.) He has something better in mind for us or for whom we intercede, 3.) He has some lesson we have to learn before He can allow our request to be answered.
We learn to trust Jesus and the name of God when we go through the valleys of life. God teaches us to exercise our faith in Him each time He works out an issue we may have.
This issue of trust reminds me of the hymn, Trust and Obey.