A nicely dressed young man came to our door offering to wash windows. He had a clean uniform and presented himself well. Impressed, I hired him, and he began the work. Nearly done, he left for the day, promising to finish a few things the next morning.

He never showed up. In the full light of day, the windows he had washed were streaked. It turned out the company didn’t exist. And yes, I had paid him! I felt foolish, but it was a valuable lesson about misplaced trust.

God’s people misplaced their trust in three ways. They became impressed by the externals, i.e., many chariots and strong horses. Second, they forgot that God told them never to go back to Egypt (Deuteronomy 17:16). Worst, they failed to consult with the Lord.

We live in a world that is more impressed with externals than with faith. Its offers seem so strong. Its promises so reliable. It can take courage to go against the flow and obey God. Faith can seems weak by comparison.

But God is stronger than any of these things. He is more reliable, and he is there to help. We need to obey Him above all else, trust Him more than anything else, look to him first and always.

It is said, “Never forget in the dark what God has told you in the light.” It is always best to trust in God.

Lord, help me to trust — really deeply trust — in you. May I never put my true faith in anything less. Amen.

Go Deeper — Is there some way in which God is asking you to trust Him today?

Tags: Isaiah Isaiah 31
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