“Then the Philistines will be thrown into panic, for they counted on the power of Ethiopia and boasted of their allies in Egypt! They will say, ‘If this can happen to Egypt, what chance do we have? We were counting on Egypt to protect us from the king of Assyria.’” Isaiah 20: 5-6
Is there something you have trusted in your whole life that has boosted your confidence or given you a greater sense of security? Maybe you come from a family of wealth, therefore you have never given much worry to where your next meal will come from. Maybe all of the women (or men) in your family have lived long healthy lives and lived well into their 90s so you have great confidence that you will follow in line. Maybe your parents have demonstrated commitment and endurance to their lifetime marriage and set the example for how you believe the story will go for you. There are so many scenarios that can be listed here, so many staples in our lives that form a confidence, maybe even an unspoken one, and shape our foundation.
So, what happens when that foundation cracks and the most reliable thing in your life crumbles? When the family wealth you had depended on makes a bad investment and files for bankruptcy; when you get a cancer diagnosis in your 40’s and your vision of a long life is suddenly threatened; when one of your parents commits adultery and the relationship you trusted more than any other ends. What then?
Maybe we would echo the words of the Philistines in the scripture above and wonder, “If this can happen to Egypt (fill in the blank), what chance do we have?!” And suddenly you are met with the choice to either crumble in despair and hopelessness or rebuild your foundation.
God has a way of illustrating to us over and over again our faith and dependence should be on Him and Him alone. Everything in this world is temporary, every person in this world is flawed. If your trust lies in anything or anyone of this world, it is subject to disappointment.
This is not to say we shouldn’t be grateful for the blessings of financial security, good health and successful relationships or walk in fear of their failure. But we should not ever place our confidence in these things above our confidence in the Lord. He is still who He says He is when we face loss and we can have the confidence in Him to say “I don’t like it, but I trust You. Show me according to Your Word and Spirit where to go from here.”
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33