Lent Devotions: Day 24
Read: Lamentations 4:17-20; Psalm 146
A Better Alliance
We were watching eagerly for a nation which could not save. (Lamentations 4:17)
The word “alliance” makes me think of the television series Survivor, where average people are deserted in a dangerous, remote location and must compete to be the last “survivor.” Inevitably, contestants make alliances with those whom they perceive to be stronger players. Also, inevitably, they are betrayed by those they trusted and are “voted off the island.”
Israel fared no better when she looked to Egypt for rescue (Jeremiah 37:6-10). Israel ignored the wisdom of the psalmist: “Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help” (Psalm 146:3). Israel looked to political alliances with human kingdoms for rescue rather than relying on God, who had shown himself to be faithful again and again.
Israel’s history proved that God was always quick to rescue, and his love endured long after each crisis. We also often look to our own resources and alliances and struggle to fully depend on God. In financial loss, family crisis, or moral failure, we discover that our resources run dry and those we depend on are as human as we are. We are better served to put our faith and trust in God who “keeps faith forever” (Psalm 146:6). He delivers on his promises to sustain and protect us, and even more, to bless us. —Cody Raak
Prayer: Lord, thank you for your steadfast love; teach us to rely more fully on you.