“Some Trust In Chariots”
Some trust in chariots and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.” Psalm 20:7
Trust…..boasting…..pride…..exaltation must always be directed to the right object….. to God Himself. Whenever men search elsewhere and attach these attributes to people, places or things, usually within a short period of time those objects will fail and the person, who had given such praise, is indeed humbled.
In Luke’s Gospel in chapter 18, we read of a parable that the Lord spoke to those who trusted in themselves and their own righteousness. He implied that most people who think this way, “despise others”. The lesson given though identifies their true spiritual condition of unattainable and unrealistic hope of eternal life. The contrasting element in this story is the account of a sinner who is completely devoid of any personal righteousness. Jesus’ point is to illustrate the significance of a person being justified by their faith alone and not by any work(s) or personal righteousness. True repentant faith alone marks the man as righteous before God. Confidence in one’s own righteousness is more unstable than the man who would try walking on a thin sheet of ice over the Niagara River just above those notorious falls. One would do so only to their own peril.
In the old classic hymn, “Christ the Solid Rock”, we sing that our “hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and His righteousness. We dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.” The chorus echoes this truth with these words: “On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand.” Everything, or for that matter anything, that mankind places their trust in outside of the Lord is totally inadequate and unable to provide enduring results.
So dear Christian, be sure you place your faith and trust in Christ alone, by your faith alone, and through His grace alone.