In my life I have suffered from loss of work, lack of income and death of beloved friends and family members. And every time I have suffered I have found that there are people who will come beside me and help. I have found that in my darkest days there has always been some light, even if it was just a small circle of light at my feet so I could see my next step. I have come to learn that my hope and help does not come from what I own but from the God of the universe who places people around me who show me kindness and love.
“When you go out to battle against your enemies and see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt, is with you.” (NASB)
This verse is about warfare, hope and trust. The Israelites had just been brought out of bondage by miraculous means. Because they have little confidence in themselves they immediately fear when the enemy appears with equipment that can defeat them. Chariots are a symbol of man’s strength—what man can build to make him stronger in a battle. Basically God tells them trust in Him. He says, “I have brought you this far I will not quit now. Don’t give up hope. Don’t put your hope in the things that man can build, put your hope in Me.”
As we battle each day of our lives to survive in our world, we have to remember that no matter what we have or don’t have if our trust is in the Lord there is hope. When we begin to fear what will happen to us our perspective is focused on us and our problem. Just like the Israelites mentioned above who were totally focused on the chariots in front of them instead of the God who brought them out of slavery. They thought that Murphy’s Law—anything that can go wrong will go wrong—was in force. When we focus on the problem we can make our lives be a series of wrong things. But when we focus on God our lives become a series of how God got us through the wrong things that happened. It is all a matter of perspective. The right perspective can give us hope, build our trust and help us see the next step.
Join me this week in checking perspective. Look at the situation at hand and ask God for the solution. Don’t allow fear to enter—allow God to direct your steps. If your life is devoted to Him then your steps will be ordered by Him.
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord,
And He delights in his way. (NKJV)
Enjoy your week. I’ll be back next week with more.
- where do I place my hope? (lucy-mills.com)