The Psalmist in Psalm 20 (NIV) shares a counter-cultural adage:
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.Time after time, the Old Testament people of God were rescued by divine intervention that defied the wisdom of military generals. Consider the taking of Jericho by marching around it, blowing trumpets and shouting or the defeat of the Midianites in Judges 7 by an army reduced to 300 men carrying trumpets and water pitchers.
Insurance can be one manifestation of a lack of trust, but the phenomena of trusting in "back-up plans" is really nothing new. King David faced the intense wrath of God for counting his fighting men because it demonstrated publicly that he did not trust in God for victory over enemies (2 Samuel 24). Certain forms of insurance, such as automobile insurance and employment insurance, are required by law. At which point is purchasing insurance an act of prudence? When does it become an idol that soothes our fear of the unknown. I don't claim to know the answer, but it's something a wrestle with from time to time.
Most recently, I purchased airline tickets and somehow missed the prompt to buy cancellation insurance. By the time I realized my mistake, the 72 hour window had closed. If the passengers, due to health or some other crisis, would not be able to take their trip, there would be no refund. At this point I had no choice but to rely on God concerning this situation. My prayers leading up to the trip were regular and asking for the plans to be allowed to come to fruition--that nothing would stand in the way of my mother and son going overseas to spend time with relatives, one of whom has terminal cancer.
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The day before the airplane trip, I had a personal bread-and-water fast during which I asked the LORD to allow this voyage to come to pass. And God answered this prayer.