The battle often did not go well. The enemy was bigger, stronger. (Have there been times like this in your life?) Everyone knew it. Knew their chances were slim to none. Yet they won. Decisively.
The first chapters of 1 Chronicles look like a boring historical account of the descendants of descendants of descendants …. Yet there’s a line tucked in the fifth chapter about some of the tribes as they settled in their new land — a line that we need to take notice of:
They cried out to God during the battle, and he answered their prayer because they trusted in him. (5:20)
I challenge you today to ask yourself: “How much do I trust God?”
Yesterday’s statement of the grand promise by God — that our enemies will come to nothing — is so full of hope for us flesh-and-blood, dust people. We are fighting evil spiritual powers! What hope is there for us?
This hope: That God has promised victory.
And so, each one of us has to decide whether we trust this promise. Because if you do not trust the bridge, your faith will certainly not go forward over it.
This quote from Charles Spurgeon gets to the bottom line quickly:
It is the cause of much weakness to many that they do not treat the promises of God as realities. If a friend makes them a promise, they regard it as a substantial thing, and look for that which it secures; but the declarations of God are often viewed as so many words which means very little.
Do we trust our friend’s promise more than we trust God’s word to us?
David was a friend of God. He often cried out for help because he trusted that God would keep His word.
Here are some of the things David knew for a certainty about the character of his God:
He rescues me from the traps of my enemies. (25:15)
In his unfailing love, my God will stand with me. (59:10)
All the Lord’s promises prove true. (18:1)
He is a faithful God. (31:5)
You do not abandon those who search for you. (9:10)
He is strength and shield. (28:7) (think about what “shield” implies)
And the list could go on and on. On almost every page in the book of Psalms we find trust in the reality of the promises of God.
Do we treat the promises of God as reality?
David also observed:
Those who know your name trust in you. (9:10)
Those who know the Lord and His character will live in the realities of His promises.
So this week we children of God must ask ourselves — Are we living in the reality of this hope?
Remember that Biblical hope is the assurance that what is promised will happen.
God says the reality, the hope, is this: We can have victory over enemies far more powerful that we are in ourselves.
I look to you for help, O Sovereign Lord.
You are my refuge. Don’t let them kill me.