Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
In ancient times, lamang ka kung may chariots and horses ka during battle. It’s like having fighter jets and tanks ngayong modern times. Kings back then totally rely on their inventories of chariots and horses in order to advance or defend their kingdom.
But for us na wala namang kingdom to defend or to advance, still we are all facing our own battles. We may not be facing battles where we need tanks and jets, but there will always be battles we have to face. You could either be in the midst of a battle, or just coming out of a battle or waiting to face your next battle.
Jesus said in John 16:33, “…in this world you will have trouble.” As humans, whenever we face these troubles, meron na tayong nakasanayang sandata na lagi nating takbuhan. Kumbaga ito yung ating defense mechanism. One of the default weapons we use is our POSSESSIONS, ano ba yung meron tayo na easily pwede nating takbuhan, at dahil malalim ang balon ng kayamanan at pag-aari natin, we often rely on our POSSESSION to rescue us. Another weapon we use is our POSITION, we leverage on it to secure success. Because we have high status in society or maybe in the corporate world were in, it gives us a sense of security. Sometimes, when these defaults fail, meron pa tayong back up weapon—POWER. This is the kind of power and connection we have with influential people, such as lawyers, bankers, politicians, and the likes, who will help us win our battles. Mga taong may utang na loob sa atin, or may kailangan din sa atin. Lalo na malakas ang PADRINO SYSTEM sa kultura natin.
But there will come a point in time where these “weapons”, no matter how many times you’ve won through them, will ultimately fail you, A certain battle will come your way na walang bearing lahat ng weapons mo. It could be a sickness that suddenly slows you down, a suicide in the family, depression or sudden bankruptcy, or in our case today COVID-19 virus. Suddenly, these “chariots and horses” that we heavily rely on and put all our security in are no longer capable of bringing us victory.
Right now, the whole world is facing the COVID-19 pandemic. Imagine even the most powerful nations in the world are locked down due to this invisible enemy. Walang magawa yung inventories of nuclear weapons nila and irrelevant yung number of submarines, tanks and fighting jets nila against this virus. Even the tension between nations today are silenced because everyone is trying to contain the virus and save their own countries. Suddenly our POSSESSIONS, POSITION, and POWER are of no value and we are simply reduced to just wait and hope that everything will eventually turn out fine – so we can start trusting again to our 3Ps. (hehe) But God is just showing us that even though these 3Ps will crumble and fail, there is ONLY ONE secure weapon we can put all our HOPE and TRUST into. – HIS NAME
It says in the Bible, PUT YOUR TRUST IN HIS NAME.
In this time of crisis, we see people being drawn closer to God, because they are acknowledging that only He is mighty to save us from the battles we face. We see policemen praying before they go to their posts. I know a member of our church from the military who holds a Bible study for his group bago sila mag duty. We see doctors and nurses praying to God before they go to the frontlines. People are praying for their loved ones. At the end of the day, there is ONLY ONE weapon we can put our TRUST into – and that is in the name of the LORD our GOD.
The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
Trusting in His name means, we submit to His kingship, that He alone rules and reigns. That what He said in His Word are all true, and He will be faithful to all His promises.
That even though at times, His Word seemingly are counter intuitive, or doesn’t make any sense, but still we subscribe to His sovereign wisdom knowing that He is an OMNIPOTENT and OMNISCIENT KING.
Trusting in His name simply means we are HUMBLING ourselves before Him in ABSOLUTE OBEDIENCE to His will and plans.
Maybe this is high time for us to surrender all our worldly weapons to Him. And completely run to Him and trust Him. Let us pray for our nation and the nations of the world to make that choice to put their trust in name of the LORD.
Lilipas din tong COVID-19 nato. But HIS NAME WILL REMAIN.