Black horse runningFrom ancient times until the invention of modern tanks, horses were the measurement of the strength of an army. Thanks to movies and television, I can picture the Egyptian chariots from The Ten Commandments, Roman chariots from Ben-Hur, numerous cavalry charges across the American plains, and the more recent War Horse. Thundering hooves carried soldiers into battle and struck fear into their enemies.

How’s this for an accurate description? “Do you give the horse its strength or clothe its neck with a flowing mane? Do you make it leap like a locust, striking terror with its proud snorting? It paws fiercely, rejoicing in its strength, and charges into the fray. It laughs at fear, afraid of nothing; it does not shy away from the sword. The quiver rattles against its side, along with the flashing spear and lance. In frenzied excitement it eats up the ground; it cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds. At the blast of the trumpet it snorts, ‘Aha!’ It catches the scent of battle from afar, the shout of commanders and the battle cry.” (Job 39:19-25 NIV)

Can you picture it?

And yet, “No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength. A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save.” (Psalm 33:16-17 NIV) Pharaoh’s six hundred chariots chased down the Israelites … and were swallowed by the sea (see Exodus 14 and 15). Deborah and Barak’s army met the Canaanite’s nine hundred chariots by the river … and the enemy leader fled on foot after his troops were destroyed (see Judges 4 and 5).

Why? Because as powerful and impressive as horses are, God is even stronger and His will prevails. “A horse … cannot save. But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine.” (Psalm 33:17-19 NIV).

Therefore, we can say, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” (Psalm 20:7 NIV)

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20 NIV)

Creation declares that God is mightier than an army of horses.

What about you? Would you be impressed by an army of chariots? Where do you place your trust?

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