Scripture Reading: Exodus 9:1-10:29 / Matthew 26:29-27:10 / Psalm 20:1-9
A large crowd watched famous tightrope walker, Blondin, cross the Niagara Falls on a day in 1860. He had crossed the 1,000-foot long trip, 160 feet above the raging waters, many times. He not only walked across it, he also pushed a wheelbarrow across the falls. One little boy was captivated by the feat and stared in amazement. After completing a crossing, Blondin looked at the little boy and asked, “Do you believe I could take a person across in the wheelbarrow without falling?” “Yes, sir. I really do.” the little boy replied. Blondin then invited him, “Well then, get in, son!”
It is easy to trust when trust isn’t challenged but trust isn’t trust until it is tested. Trust is powerful and often times our experiences determine what we do and what do not trust. We trust those things that are proven, powerful, unshakable and faithful. David experienced great turmoil, distress and challenges in life yet found he could always trust in God. “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” (Psalm 20:7)
There was nothing more formidable than horse drawn chariots racing through the streets and countryside. When combined, the horse and chariot became the most dreaded war engine of its time. The ground shook from the stampeding horses and the chariots left billows of dust behind them. It was not only an imposing sight; charioteers effectively slaughtered the ground troops. The accumulation of chariots was a sign of military power. Armies were defenseless against their power and mobility. They were virtually indestructible.
David well understood the might, strength and power of horses and chariots yet he discovered they were no contest for his God. David led Israel to victory over a Philistine army that was equipped with 1,000 chariots, 7,000 horsemen and 20,000- foot soldiers. God also enabled the Israelite army to defeat the 7,000 chariots and 140,000-foot soldiers of the Syrian army.
David learned that God was mightier than the formidable horse and chariot. He did not trust the strengths of this world but put confidence in the things “not of this world”. We place trust in jobs, people, medicine, money, wisdom and even ourselves. These may be great strengths yet they will fade and fail. God doesn’t run away when the strengths of our lives run out. Just as the strength of hell, death and the grave could not hold Jesus, we will not be held down by the might and intimidation of the enemy! You can trust that He is greater in you.
We can trust God by resting the full weight of our confidence in Him, counting on Him alone to deliver us. God can be trusted to hear us, defend us, help us, strengthen us, and remember us in times of trouble. So the next time God asks you to get into His trusty wheelbarrow of protection and provision – get in and by faith, hang on tight…you can trust Him!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!