TRUST in the LORD
Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is the LORD. Jeremiah 17:7
The key to success and victory in life is not in ourselves but in God. David was a shepherd boy, unskilled in the weapons of war, but he defeated Goliath, the champion of the Philistines, with a single sling shot. He was not a professional musician in the temple of God, but he wrote most of the psalms in the Bible. He was not of royal lineage, but he went on to become the greatest king Israel ever had. What was the secret of his greatness? It was his dependence and his trust in God. David cried, “O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water” (Ps. 63:1).
John Knox, the famous Scottish revivalist, was famous for his power in prayer. Queen Mary said she feared his prayers more than Europe’s armies. When the Spanish Armada fought the English in 1588, Queen Elizabeth I of England called the nation to prayer. As a result, a storm arose and destroyed 65 of the Armada’s 130 ships while the English lost none. It is evident that as long as men seek God, as long as we pray, our lives will be successful and victorious. We will be able to achieve our aims and remain protected.
In the course of King Asa’s reign over Judah (1 Kin. 15:9-24), he changed both its history and future. Under his rule, he courageously deposed of his infamous idolatress grandmother, who had severely influenced Judah toward idolatry. He also drove out the Sodomites and then destroyed all the idols that his father had worshiped. Not only did this great leader himself seek after God, he commanded the entire nation to do likewise.
The prophet, Azariah said this of King Asa, “Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin. The LORD is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you” (2 Chr. 15:2). As we look back in history, we see that the Word of God is true: Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD and cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength (Jer. 17:5, 7)? God is no respecter of persons. His word works for all who would believe and act upon it