It is an indisputable fact of human nature that no one likes to feel weak and powerless.
The natural man, faced with his own frailty and insignificance, will try to bolster himself in many different ways. In the ancient world, the horse was a symbol of authority and power, while the chariot was the ultimate military weapon, much like we might think of a tank or a fighter jet today.
Yet David, a highly successful king and military leader who had an abundance of both at his disposal (2 Sa. 8:4) chose instead to place his trust in God, the same God who had first made a giant fall to a boy with nothing but a sling and a stone.
In the book of Exodus, we see that the Egyptians were well equipped with chariots and horses when they pursued the Israelites. However, after the Lord carved a path through the Red Sea for the Israelites, the Egyptians tried to cross.
They learned, however, that their chariots and horses were no match for the Lord's power. The Lord removed the chariots' wheels, brought the water of the Red Sea together, and submerged chariots, horses, and drivers in the ensuing deluge (Exodus 14:21–29).
Sadly, it is all too easy, even for believers, to buy into the worldly thinking that extols self-reliance as a virtue, and unconsciously begin to trust in the things that make us feel like we are in control and give us status and significance.
Whether it's a horse or a Lexus, though, a chariot or a Swiss bank, investment account, nothing compares to the name of Jesus Christ, to Whom all power in Heaven and Earth has been given.
Why settle for less? Start by relying on God, and find all your needs supplied.
Read Psalm 52:7-8.