The God Greater than Chariots and Horses

When things go wrong, when chaos and turmoil encroach upon an otherwise orderly life, where do you turn? The fact is this: it is not a matter of “if” but rather “when” things are going to twist off and spiral down a dark vortex into a black hole. Such is life. So, what is the appropriate response? Where, in what or in whom are we going to place our trust?

The wisdom of the moment or philosophic flavor of the month can rarely be counted on for lasting solutions to life’s struggles. The fickle advice of the “experts” is as wishy-washy as an unbalanced Kenmore on three rubber feet. If you don’t believe that, ask yourself if – today – a scrambled egg is a healthy, viable source of protein or an artery-clogging, gelatinous heart-stopper… pick your physician, position and poison. Everything from physical health to spiritual well-being seems to have an authority with an agenda, who’s remedy usually begins with that duplicitous declaration: “trust me.”

The solution to the human condition cannot be concocted convincingly apart from the Bible. God made us; He, and only He, knows us (Psalm 94:8-11). He sees us when we are formed in the womb (Psalm 139:13-16), throughout our entire life (Psalm 18:32-36) and through our ultimate and inevitable demise (Psalm 89:47-48). He is our sustenance (Psalm 103:14-16) and without Him, we are nothing more than a lost cause (Psalm 13). “Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain” (Psalm 127:1).

No wisdom gleaned from this life will give us satisfactory answers to the meaning of our existence, our issues or our purpose. Little wonder, when King David went to war, he confidently stated: “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the LORD our God” (Psalm 20:7). The chariots and horses of the gods will not carry us to a calm, confident conclusion on any matter; only the God greater than chariots and horses can do that.

Jeff Sweeten