“Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many and in horsemen because they are very strong, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel or consult the Lord!” (Isaiah 31:1)
In What Have I Placed My Trust?
It’s an interesting question. I’m a good church person, a minister of God who tries to stand before a community of believers every week and proclaim a word from the Lord (not an easy task to do, and one in which I feel a grave responsibility) and so of course my answer is “I trust in the Lord.” What other answer could there be. I’ve grown up in church, I can’t remember a time when I was not in church, I was told Bible stories as an infant and I have dedicated my life to ministry, of course my answer is “I trust in the Lord.” It’s such an easy question I don’t have to think about it very long. There is really only one answer and so I can boldly proclaim…”I trust in the Lord.”
But when I slow down for a moment, when I ponder the question, when I stop and step back from my initial reaction I have to ask myself, was my answer true? Has my trust been placed in the Lord, or do I trust in other things? And when I stop to think I’m reminded that as humans we are very good at deceiving ourselves. We are very good at saying the right answer so many times that we believe it even when the answer may no longer be true. We often find it difficult to examine our own minds, our own hearts, our own motives. We find it difficult to determine what is really driving us, where have we placed our trust? It is easy to fool ourselves into thinking our trust is in God when in reality our trust may be in many other things; the government, our retirement account, our education, an important mentor, our own abilities. And if we are not careful we may find that our trust is in things that will never last.
I don’t think Israel would have ever said, “I don’t trust God.” I don’t believe Israel ever made a conscious decision to turn from God and to put their trust in Egypt or in a mighty army or in a powerful system. Yet, Isaiah says that’s exactly what they did. Even though they still claimed to have their faith in God their actions pointed in another direction. Their actions proved that their trust was not in God but was in something more tangible that they could see and hear, the strength of a mighty army. And even though that army was strong it was not as strong as the Lord, and it ultimately wasn’t as enough to save them.
And so again, it is important to ask, where is your trust?
Isaiah declares woe to them who put their trust in horses and chariots but do not look to the Holy One of Israel.
As difficult as it is, we need to take some time and do some inner inspection and ask ourselves, “are there things in my life that I trust more than God?”
Where is my trust?