Here we are already in the final few days of January. Reflecting on my previous post, two thoughts come to mind: (1) I really haven’t done very well keeping up with my blogging in the New Year (oops!) and (2) by now, for most of us, I’m guessing that the “new year” seems like a long time ago and reality has set in that this year is pretty much going the same as last – so much for “promise and hope.”
Now, please hear me. I am not saying that in a negative way. It’s just a reality chec. In my last (and first!) posting, I mentioned how promise and hope are only as good as its source – and a new year is not in and of itself is not a source that will deliver. It takes much, much more than just flipping the calendar.
So my question is this: what do you turn to as your source of hope? Hope springs from security, where do you find your security?
These words of King David’s are recorded for us in Psalm 20, verses 7 & 8:
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
They collapse and fall,
but we rise and stand upright.
Chariots and horses in David’s day would have been the ultimate in human strength. Those with the most chariots and horses tended to be the biggest, baddest and strongest. Military strength was equated with security. Yet David insisted that his trust was in God, not military strength – or any kind of human strength for that matter. Hence, his hope was in God, not anything else.
3000 year later, we might not turn to chariots and horses for security, but we sure turn to a lot of other things. For some it’s our jobs, our wealth, our investments or our government. For others it can be friends, family, relationships or status. All of those things, like chariots and horses in David’s day will ultimately collapse and fall. The only sure thing to place one’s hope is God.
There are few things more dangerous than a false sense of security. False security leads to a false hope that will disappoint in the end.
In another of his Psalms, King David wrote these words:
Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. (Psalm 62:1-2)
God: a rock, a fortress, our salvation. Now, there we can find peace and hope that will never be shaken.