During the Biblical days the horse was used to carry soldiers into battle. Even into World War I and some in World War II the calvary was a part of the war machine. One of my favorite movies is “War Horse.” It is set in 1914 at the beginning of World War I. The story centers around a young man named Albert and his horse Joey. When the war began in Europe, Albert was forced to sell Joey to the British calvary. Joey becomes a hero of sorts as a “War Horse.” Toward the end Albert searches the battlefields of France looking for Joey and eventually gets him back. This horse is not just a horse, to Albert it is a part of him.
Horses have been a part of my life since I was a kid. We can become attached to them much like Albert did. My Dad used to tell me how they used horses and mules to pull plows when he was growing up on the farm. Horses are powerful animals but can be as gentle as any pet we have. A gentle horse means power under control. The Bible reminds us that God is the source of the horses’s strength.
Job 39:24 says, “The horse paws the ground fiercely and rushes forward into battle when the ram’s horn blows.”
The writer of Proverbs also tells us about the War Horse. Proverbs 21:31 says, “The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory rest with the Lord
What can we learn from the movie and these verses? Think about this. The horse was used in battle and today mostly for our hobbies. No matter how we use them, God made the horse and He gives it strength and power. Even today we hear rodeo contestants say they are successful because of their horse power.
In Job 39:19 God asked Job, “Have you given the horse its strength or clothed it’s neck with flowing mane?” God reminds Job that He is our creator and the creator of this magnificent animal. This is a reminder to me that God is my creator. He is the source of my strength, He helps me in my time of trouble and He gives my life meaning. Psalms 121:2 says, “My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”
Thank you Lord for who you are. God bless and “Keep Spurring.”