No king is saved by the size of his army;
no warrior escapes by his great strength.
A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
despite all its great strength it cannot save.
But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,
on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
to deliver them from death
and keep them alive in famine.
We wait in hope for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
even as we put our hope in you.
What are you worried about right now? This is not a rhetorical question. Take a full minute to stop, breathe, and hear your own heart.
When you find yourself worried, afraid, anxious, what do you turn to?
Sometimes we turn to ourselves, attempting to control circumstances beyond us.
Sometimes we turn to a system – social, political, ideological.
Sometimes we turn to another person – someone we have a relationship with, or someone we idolize as a hero who will “fix it”.
Sometimes we turn to a vice – a chemical substance, a comfort food, binging media or entertainment, excessive consumerism, sex – not even attempting to fix the problem, just numb or distract ourselves from it.
Scripture teaches us that the only rescue ultimately reliable to turn to – to trust in – is God.
Hope in Jesus is an anchor for our soul.
His perfect love casts out all fear.
His peace guards our hearts and minds.
Simple, even cliche, but these are sure promises he gives us.
There are many things which can offer us real help and comfort in hard times – these promises don’t deny those realities. But may we not elevate any of them to the ultimate, ever-loving and all-mighty status of Christ our Savior.
Pray that we – individually and as a community – will place our deepest trust in God, and none other.