the things we count on

Maybe we’re counting too often. Counting the people who could possibly help, the money we have access to, the resources available to us, anything we think could possibly help us…meanwhile forgetting that God can move mountains with faith the size of a fruit fly (anyone else have a gross invasion of these lately…they multiply like rabbits, it’s the most obnoxious thing).  Not that God wants us to set aside all of our math skills, but I think He wants us to count on Him before we count on them.

Doom to those who go off to Egypt
thinking that horses can help them,
Impressed by military mathematics,
awed by sheer numbers of chariots and riders—
And to The Holy of Israel, not even a glance,
not so much as a prayer to God.
Still, he must be reckoned with,
a most wise God who knows what he’s doing.
He can call down catastrophe.
He’s a God who does what he says.
He intervenes in the work of those who do wrong,
stands up against interfering evildoers.
Egyptians are mortal, not God,
and their horses are flesh, not Spirit.
When God gives the signal, helpers and helped alike
will fall in a heap and share the same dirt grave. (Isaiah 31:1-3)

At first blush, it might seem like what Isaiah wrote is all doom and gloom. But if you stand back, it’s much cheerier and hopeful than that.  God has always ever wanted us to look to Him for our needs (whether they be a literal battle God-forbid, or our daily needs like food, finances, or clothes…I’m 19 weeks pregnant right now so all three of those are my top 3 daily needs). He wants us to stop wasting time looking to all the other  stuff we think we need to thrive in this life or accomplish X, Y, and Z.

How much more stock do we put into what we have, don’t have, can do, or can’t do, than in God, the Creator of it all (who by the way has never ceased being Creator 🙄)? I don’t know about you, but I’m embarrassed to admit how many times I’ve thought or said ‘but…’ when I have had a need or felt promoted by God to do something. 🤔 I mean how many times does God do way more with the least amount of ______ (fill in the blank) than we can do with all our perceived ‘necessary’ resources in the world? So here’s to stop counting and waiting  and fretting until we think we have ‘enough’ and to saying ‘yes’ when all we’ve got is God. God is MORE than enough and has access to all the resources in the world. Let’s start with Him.

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5 thoughts on “the things we count on

  1. First, thanks for subscribing. Second, congratulations on the growing human. Third, thank you for allowing God to use your talents to write a blog post that was one more in a long list of affirmations and confirmations from Him to me. Fourth, one day I’d love to write long sentences like Paul’s.

  2. Beautifully written Alicia! Thanks for sharing, your thoughts and musings with us!
    Love this perspective. It is helpful on so many levels.

    Margo

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