Knowing Whom to Trust

There is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape to the land of the Philistines. 1 Samuel 27:1

Last year when British politicians needed training in self-defense from stalkers, political extremists, and terrorists, they turned to the Israeli Mossad for lessons in security techniques. No one wants to mess with Israeli security forces. That was true 3,000 years ago too, which is why the shepherd-boy David sought refuge among the Philistines when being chased by the armies of Israel under the command of King Saul. According to the story in 1 Samuel 27, David was tired and terrified; and he sought safety in the wrong place.

He learned his lesson. In Psalm 20, he later wrote: “May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble…. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.”

Regardless of the level of fear and danger we feel, our ultimate help comes from the Lord, not from horses, chariots, or the Philistines. Perhaps the Lord will use others to help us; but we must always keep our eyes focused on Him. Jesus said, “Have faith in God” (Mark 11:22). The Bible assures us, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame” (Romans 10:11).

Oh, the blessings of God that will come to you if you will learn to believe God. It is absolutely necessary that you learn how to believe God. Adrian Rogers

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