It was written a long, long time ago: "Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God..." (Psalm 20:7-8).
And today, just as centuries ago, some trust in that which is seen, putting their hope merely in the physical -- the stock market, jobs, health, humanity... But we who know the LORD, trust in Him who is unseen, the ever-faithful one, our Help in this present age, our only Hope for our eternal future.
We are living in tumultuous times today, no denying. Natural disasters, economic failures, wars, rumors of wars, famines, earthquakes, and the like, seem to be on the rise. Some may ask, when troubles, dangers, and setbacks arise, "Oh, where is God in all this?" Or, as Job's wife confronted her husband when they lost everything (the Bible tells us), "Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!" (Job 2:9).
To her, Job replied, "You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good things from God, and not trouble?" (Job 2:10).
As Job reflected on his loss, he realized, "The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD" (Job 1:21).
In threatening times, and times of disaster, when the bottom seems to have dropped out of everything, some will believe God is far away. But He is where He always has been: on His throne and still in charge of it all. Reigning in the lives of believers, He cares for our every need. Our task in this time is simply to trust and obey, to be ready to go where He wants to send us to declare His glory among the 'nations'. (See 1 Peter 2:9.)
He has a "better idea" for our lives and the 'nations' than what we can ever dream up for ourselves -- a better idea, a better purpose. In Him, we have a more secure trust. We need not live in fear of crashing stock markets, natural disasters, or even "global warming". He cares for us all ever so lovingly and sufficiently, and in Him we have a peace that the world cannot take away.
Looking back a couple of centuries, we see a person, George Muller,
who realized his more secure trust. Born in the kingdom of Prussia in 1805, this man, known to us as a man of faith and of prayer, in his youth strayed deeply into sin before Christ rescued him. Almost every form of sin characterized his youthful lifestyle.
How could one imagine this corrupt youth would become a man of extra-ordinary faith and prayer? Yet, there's no imagining with God; He has one's life planned out even before he is conceived. Through extra-ordinary circumstances, God had indeed brought George Muller out of the miry clay and molded him into a man of extra-ordinary trust in God. Becoming so entrenched in his faith, loving the Word of God, he so longed for that day when he would see his Savior face to face.
At the age 70 George Muller set out on evangelistic tours, traveling 200,000 miles worldwide, preaching the Good News of the Kingdom in many lands and in several different languages. Muller never told anyone of his financial needs, but "only" prayed, and all-sufficient God always provided all Muller needed.
There is no barrier or limit -- age or otherwise -- to what God can accomplish through one who realizes his more secure trust.
"So we don't look at the troubles we can see right now; rather, we look forward to what we have not yet seen. For the troubles we see will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever" (2 Corinthians 4:18, NLT).
For further reflection: Psalm 23:1; 46:1-3; Matthew 6:25-34; Luke 12:22-31; Romans 8:28, 29; John 14:27; 2 Corinthians 9:8; 12:9; Philippians 2:4.