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. Psalms 33:16-19 (NIV)
The power of the individual has become so overblown in our society. We elevate individuals to a height that they don’t deserve and can’t live up to and so we are perpetually let down by our cultural heroes. We see this in athletes, actors, singers and politicians. We even do this with Christians, making them celebrities of the church. But our hope isn’t in others, it is in the Lord.
We look to the wrong things too often to help us in our troubles. We follow trends twitter accounts, but we miss out on following Jesus. This certainly isn’t about whether we should be responsible people or not, but where we get our strength and comfort. As God’s children we should do everything to the best of our ability, but when the world is against us we need to trust in God and not ourselves or our resources.
God is our deliverer. He frees us from our worries and wounds. He heals our brokenness and purifies our hearts and minds. He gives us life that overcomes death. He satisfies our hunger and thirst. Nothing we can get in this world can do any of this, but the arena of the world is where our children live. We need to draw their eyes and hearts to the one who gives them everything they need. We need to teach them not to put their hope in hopeless things.
Lord, be my deliverer. Remind me that my hope should not be in the things of this world, but in the one who created it. Help me teach my children to trust in You instead of anything else. Amen.