HORSES AND CHARIOTS
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. – Psalm 20:7
Perhaps few other verses in the Bible spell out the spiritual contrast between the trust of the believer versus the belief of carnal man than Psalm 20:7. It brings out the truth vividly, and here the church sets forth the creature confidences of carnal men in contrast with her reliance upon the Prince Immanuel and the invisible Jehovah.
Some trust in chariots, and some in horses. Chariots and horses make an imposing show. With their rattling, dust, and fine caparisons, they make so great a figure that vain man is much taken with them; yet the discerning eye of faith sees more in an invisible God than in all these. The most dreaded war engine of David’s day was the war chariot, armed with scythes, which mowed down men like grass. This was the boast and glory of the neighboring nations; but the saints considered the name of Jehovah to be a far better defense.
As the Israelites might not keep horses, it was natural for them to regard the enemy’s cavalry with more than usual dread. It is, therefore, all the greater evidence of faith that the bold songster can here disdain even the horse of Egypt in comparison with the Lord of hosts.
How many in our day, who profess to be the Lord’s, are as abjectly dependent upon their fellow men or upon an arm of flesh in some shape or other, as if they had never known the name of Jehovah at all?
Let us adore that matchless name of the Lord Jesus, and never dishonor it by distrust or creature confidence.
Too often we look for security and the mark of worldly success through things of this world like power, position and possessions. These things will all pass away through time and rust and eventually turn to dust.
True security lasts for eternity and is found not in this world, but in trusting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and putting our trust in Him. Don’t get caught up in trusting the horses and chariots of this world. Look higher and beyond this world, where true trust and security resides. Trust in the name of the Lord our God.
SOMETIMES TRUE STORIES
Proverbs 14:1, “Every wise woman builds her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.”
The book of Proverbs says much about the wise woman, as does the entire Bible. This verse indicates that a woman can build or destroy her home. How does a wise woman build up her house?
1. She builds up her husband. Proverbs 31:11 says that he trusts her not to waste his goods. Proverbs 31:12 says that she will do him good and not evil all the days of his life. In 1 Peter 3, we are told she lives a clean or a chaste lifestyle. She shows him respect and she admires her husband. She is more concerned about what is on the inside rather than what is on the outside.
2. She will build up her children. According to Proverbs 31, she watches over their well-being. She feeds them. She sees that her children are clothed well, and she protects her children. They rise up and call her blessed, and her husband praises her. It is very easy for a woman to tear down her husband and her children with her tongue, with her actions, and with her attitude, but the wise woman will build up her husband and will build up her children.
3. She builds her house by her prudence. Titus 2:4-5 tells us several things: She will not be a spend-thrift. She does not waste. The Bible tells us that she maintains the home in good shape. She is a “keeper at home.” God knew that man needed a help that was fit just for him. He created woman so that she could build up her husband and encourage her family and strengthen the home. A wise woman will build her house.
During the next few decades, the number of religiously unaffiliated people worldwide is expected to rise to more than 1.2 billion, according to the Pew Research Center.
The “nones,” as they are more commonly known, have been on the rise since the late 80’s, making them one of the fastest growing “religious” groups in our culture. A total of 70.6 million Americans now refer to themselves as Christian, which is the lowest estimate in any Pew survey.
QUOTES YOU CAN USE
God doesn’t grade on the curve. He grades on the cross. Ken Whitten
You have to learn the rules of the game and then you have to play better than anyone else.
If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there.
A good example is a great gift to others.
The strength that comes from confidence can quickly be lost to conceit.
A mistake is an event, the full benefit of which has not been turned to your advantage.
The true leader is always listening, learning and being truly open to the world around him.
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