1 Chronicles 5:20 They were helped in fighting them, and God handed the Hagrites and all
their allies over to them, because they cried out to him during the battle. He answered their prayers, because they trusted in him.
Today’s verse presents trusting in the Lord in a way that is probably more common to most Christians. In the midst of a crisis, we call on the Lord. The Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh were in a battle and in the midst of it they cried out to the Lord. God answered their prayers, because they trusted in Him. The Amplified Bible describes this trust as ‘they relied on, clung to, and trusted in Him’.
This event is such a wonderful example of God’s ‘normality’ – His people are in a situation; they pray and trust Him and He answers their prayers. The goal is to make this ‘our normality’ – but with the recognition that it applies to every area of our lives. We must avoid at all cost life-habits that in reality say, ‘When all else fails, trust God.’ Or, a more positive way of saying this negative is, ‘God helps those who help themselves.’
Here is where our relationship with the Lord becomes so vital. Walking in His ways is a primary way of learning to trust Him. His ways bring blessing and when we walk in them we experience Him more and more. We learn that God can’t be unfaithful or unloving or uncaring. He is always there. It becomes a given in our hearts and minds that God is intimately involved in our situations because that is the way He is. No matter what happens, He is there with us and for us.
We can experientially learn the reality that Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego expressed to the king when confronted with being thrown into a blazing furnace. They declared to him that their God was able to rescue them and they believed He would …but even if He didn’t…. Their trust and confidence was in Him!
Our confidence and trust in Jesus is not predicated on the outcome – it becomes experientially a given in our lives. No matter what – He is true and we stand securely in that knowledge and relationship. It is not just a theological truth we affirm – it is the reality that we experience with Him.