Vain hope

No king is saved by the size of his army;
no warrior escapes by his great strength.
A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
despite all its great strength it cannot save.
Psalm 33:16-17

We spend a lifetime preparing to successfully face any difficulty that stands in our way. Years of study and training provide us with the knowledge and skills with which we are sure we can measure up to any problems. We strive to build assets and capital in order to feel “protected” when the hard times come. We are dedicated to aggressively scale positions of increasing responsibility in our work environment, even trampling on those who we see as obstacles to our progress. When it comes down to it, we end up following in the footsteps of the philosophy of “every man for himself,” without caring for others. All these things produce a false sense of security that is useless when we face the harsh reality.

The strength and tranquility of the Son of God is not based on the treasures that he may have accumulated or on the many connections and friendships that he has cultivated throughout his life. Placing our hopes on the resources at hand is simply idolatry. It is placing any other thing that inspires us confidence in the place that rightfully belongs to God. If your security is based on what you know, in what you do or in the riches that you have accumulated, a painful encounter with failure is waiting for you. The only person that can take care of us and that gives us the strength to stand is God Almighty, our Lord. Let us eliminate any ballast of idolatry that is impending our progress toward the goal that is Christ and let us go forward with our hope placed only in Jesus Christ, our Savior. To God alone be the glory!


One response to “Vain hope

  1. Pingback: Hope as the Pathway and Agency for Success in Any Venture | Social Behavioral Patterns–How to Understand Culture and Behaviors

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