I’m sure you’ve heard the story of the Native American man who told his son that there were two wolves inside of him—one good and one bad. “Who is going to win?” asked the young boy. “The one you feed,” answered his wise father.
Every day of my life is a battle. God and Satan are fighting for control of my mind. Unlike typical battles, I have the power to choose who wins the fight, and ultimately, the battle. Like Paul, however, I have a problem. I cannot seem to do the good that I want to do, and instead, I end up doing what I don’t want to do! There is one remedy for this—you must trust God with the control of your life and stop trying to do things your own way.
The Israelites as a nation struggled with this, too. They often tried to do things their own way, but when they did trust God to help them, He won the victory for them. 1 Chronicles 5 says
They made war on the Hagrites, Jetur, Naphish, and Nodab; and when they received help against them, the Hagrites and all who were with them were given into their hands, for they cried to God in the battle, and he granted their entreaty because they trusted in Him.
1 Chronicles 5:19-20
Recently in class, I learned the difference between faith and trust. Faith is believing that God will do what I ask Him to do. Trust is having confidence that God will do what is best—regardless of what I think is best. The Bible says that the Israelites had learned to trust God, and because they trusted in Him, that made all the difference.
Timmy Baze 😀
Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.