ARE YOU TRUSTING IN CHARIOTS?
By Wayne S. Walker
"Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the LORD our God" (Psalm 20:7). The horses and chariots of the Egyptian army made Egypt one of the strongest military powers of the ancient world. However, such physical might was of absolutely no avail against the hand of Almighty God, and it was completely unable to keep the Israelites from crossing the Red Sea into freedom. That "some trust in chariots" has become indicative of the fact that many trust in various forms of human strength rather than trusting in the Lord our God.
We certainly cannot trust in our own human goodness to save us because, in the absolute sense, "There is none who does good, no, not one" (Romans 3:12). The reason for this is "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). Yes, God wants us to be good, but it is not our own goodness that saves us, because any good things that we might do will not and cannot make up for the sins which we have committed. Instead, we can only be "justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus" (Romans 3:24).
Neither can we trust in human gimmicks to make the church grow. Jesus did not say, "Go into all the world and provide food, fun, and frolic," but "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15). Why? It is because "the gospel of Christ…is the power of God to salvation" (Romans 1:16). Therefore, we need to understand that "the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking" (Romans 14:17). Of course, we need to eat and drink, but such things are to be done on an individual basis and by the home, not part of the church’s work.
Nor can we trust in human wisdom to guide our lives as Christians. "It is not in man who walks to direct his steps" (Jeremiah 10:23). There is much thinking and teaching in this world which passes for "wisdom" but as Paul noted, "the world through wisdom did not know God" (1 Corinthians 1:21). As we seek to make judgments as to what is right and wrong, we cannot depend on the wisdom of this world. Indeed, we are warned, "Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ" (Colossians 2:7). Instead, we must follow the wisdom of our Creator revealed in His word.