It was a beautiful day to visit our son’s friends who house several horses on their property. The breeze on the deck brushed over us gently as we ate and peered down to observe the activity of the horses and other animals. Our son knows that I have always adored horses. Their strength and beauty are beyond explanation. When I was in the stalls interacting with them, one reared its hind legs and kicked the stall with force. It was then that I was reminded again of how powerful they are.
Psalm 147:10 (NIV) states, “His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of a man; the LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.” God wants us to rely on the spiritual over the physical. He is not awed by the strong horses used in battle or by the muscular legs of any man. The LORD is delighted with those who reverence Him and who hope in His unfailing love.
There are other passages that encourage us to put our confidence and trust in God’s changeless love to act on our behalf versus human and material strength for deliverance:
Isaiah 31:1 (NKJV) states, “Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, And rely on horses, Who trust in chariots because they are many, And in horsemen because they are very strong, But who do not look to the Holy One of Israel, Nor seek the Lord!”
Psalm 20:7 (NIV) states, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”
Psalm 33:17 (NASB) states, “A horse is a false hope for victory; Nor does it deliver anyone by its great strength.”
Solomon had 40,000 stalls of horses for his chariots, and 12,000 horsemen (1 Kings 4:26), but apart from the Lord, there was no victory. Who are you depending upon for the protection and defense of your life and that of your family? The only hope for true victory is by fleeing dependence on anyone or anything other than God; and to look towards, to repent, and to seek Him daily during peaceful and storm-driven times.
Revelation 19:11 states, “And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war.” Horses and men are only flesh; but, God is a Spirit with no limits or weaknesses. Jesus, who is Faithful and True, will one day return riding on a white horse. Don’t waste energy on fretting, talking about, or fearing evil. When Jesus returns, He will judge righteously and will win the war over all evil and any threat that terrifies you. While we are waiting, we must hold fast to His unfailing love and not make any alliance with evil. So be prepared and look up, your redemption draws nigh!
Happy 4th of July!