“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” Psalm 20:7
It is a simple thing to do – misplace confidence, that is – and apparently, it happens often. Whether our confidence is placed in a material resource, a skill or talent, a system of government or even a person, it is eventually proven to be a mistake.
Once Jesus was approached and asked, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” The first few words of His response are very helpful, though often not taken seriously. “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.” (Luke 18:18-19)
We were, all of us, created by God for God. We are intended to walk in continuing relationship with Him, dependence on Him and faith in Him. He instilled within each of us the capacity and the desire to trust. All too often, we take this tremendous gift and direct it to an undeserving object; a noun, with built-in imperfections, that will inevitably fail. When it fails, our capacity and desire to trust are injured, perhaps even lessened. This even affects our approach to God. Though He alone is good, perfect and faithful, we trust Him tentatively and expect that He, too, will disappoint.
In Judges 7:1-7 God moved Gideon to lead the people of Israel to put the totality of their faith in God alone. Not in the strength of their army, not in the resources that they carried, not even in the strategy of their leader, but singularly in God. When the 32,000 warriors became 10,000 and the 10,000 was reduced to 300, the stage was being set for God to arise in their midst, the enemy to be scattered and faith to increase.
We are invited down a similar, if less dramatic, path every day. Today we choose where we place our trust. No one else decides for us the object of our faith. I want to remind you of those words of Christ “No one is good except God alone.” Only He never disappoints and only He is worthy of our faith.