I have a friend who used to fly an Apache attack helicopter. When he returned from a tour of duty we were talking about his experiences of being at war. He described his helicopter as being like a guard dog, as soon as he flew towards the enemy they would run away and hide. He didn’t have to fire, the threat of the weaponry at his disposal was enough.
If I was going to have to fight a battle, I would want some of these helicopters on my side and I would also want missiles. In fact I would want enough firepower to be sure I would win. If you have to go to war state of the art weaponry must help to make you feel safer.
King David wrote that ‘some people trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God’ (Psalm 20.7). This is the equivalent of him saying some people trust in attack helicopters and others in missile strikes but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
David’s declaration is quite a statement of faith especially since the Psalm is something they read before going into battle. Is the statement the best way to encourage front line troops? They have chariots and horses but we have God is an excellent philosophy for someone far away from any risk of harm in the battle but for someone in it, surely you would want the best weapons?
It is actually an excellent reminder if you have a clear and good perspective about who god is!
I’ve been thinking about this verse over the past few days and am really challenged.
I trust in God, but do I really trust him in every situation?
Do we trust in God always or do we put our trust in other things instead of God at times?
We think we are so clever putting our trust in human expertise but we are pretty dim if we don’t trust in the God who knows and sees everything.
Before making a financial decision we put our trust in financial advisors, but why would we not trust ultimately in God who knows and sees what the financial future is?
Before planning a holiday, we research on the internet but why would we not trust in God who exists in all those situations and who knows what will be happening at the times we would be planning to visit?
Before choosing a school for our children we might read Ofsted reports but why would we not trust in God who knows everything that is and will be going on in those schools?
I’ve decided to stop being so clever! I will still seek expertise and advice from the right people but ultimately I want to put my trust in God for all my decisions and choices.