The year was 480 B.C. and the men of Athens were preparing themselves to face the full might of the army of Xerxes, king of Persia. The future leader of Athens (Themistocles) devised a plan to evacuate the city and face the Persians at sea. At first, the plan was rejected by the men of Athens. Themistocles then asked the Oracle at Delphi (a “prophetess” trusted by the Athenians) what should be done. The Oracle instructed him and the rest of Athens to “hide behind the wooden walls.” Themistocles convinced the people that the Oracle’s “wooden walls” were actually the wooden ships of Athens and they accepted his plan of evacuation. To make a long story short, in the end the Athenians defeated the Persians at sea because of Themistocles.
The faith of the people of Athens in the wooden walls of their oracle is certainly worth noting here. They trusted the Oracle because they believed she had the words of the “god” that they served. Now we know that their “god” was nothing more than a fabrication of man but the fact still remains that the people of Athens placed their very lives in the hands of this false god! If the men of Athens could place that much faith in the wooden walls of a false god, how is it that we find ourselves struggling to have faith in the only true, mighty GOD in whose hand is our breath? Our GOD is actually real! Our GOD offers us something much better than wooden walls. Believe it. Believe HIM. You won’t be disappointed.
The LORD is my strength and my shield;
In HIM my heart trusts, and I am helped;
My heart exults,
And with my song I give thanks to HIM. (Psalm 28:7)