Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | September 8, 2013

September 8, 2013 “Chariots, Horses, and God”

“The families of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh had 44,760 men trained for war—physically fit and skilled in handling shield, sword, and bow. They fought against the Hagrites, Jetur, Naphish, and Nodab. God helped them as they fought. God handed the Hagrites and all their allies over to them, because they cried out to him during the battle. God answered their prayers because they trusted him.” (1 Chronicles 5: 18-22)

Good Morning and Blessed Lord’s Day to All!

One of my favorite times of year is here…football season! I love watching teams go toe-to-toe on the gridiron. It’s interesting to me to see how teams are ranked and the expectations that are made of them even before they take the field. Most of the time, these speculations, based on their talent and strength of schedule, play out fairly accurately, but not always. Every year, and nearly every week, for that matter, there are upsets where the underdog team rises up in victory.

Scripture informs us that the armies of Reuben, Gad, and Manasseh did possess instinct and great skill as warriors. They were physically fit and skilled with their weaponry. But they had a greater ally than their skill and acumen. When they were engaged in the heat of battle, they “cried out to the Lord” and “God answered their prayers because they trusted in him.” The natural and developed abilities God gives us are meant for His glory, but should never serve as a replacement for our dependence on Him. When we place our trust in our own cleverness, strength, and skill rather than in God, we open the door for pride. In fact, just a few verses later we read of the Half tribe of Manasseh, under new “leadership”, doing just that as they turned away from God and were defeated by the Assyrians.  When facing difficult situations, seek God’s purpose and ask for His guidance and strength. Psalm 20:7 says, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” Let’s pray!

Trustworthy and Almighty Lord: As we face life’s particular battles, may we, like the faithful of former days, understand that our purpose in life is to  please and obey You. The most important quality we should demonstrate is not to be found in our own skill and ability, but in our faithfulness to You, for You alone are Lord and God. Hear our prayer and guide and direct us throughout this day. This we ask in Jesus’ mighty Name. Amen!

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