POWER OVER HORSEPOWER
Verse for Today: Monday, October 18, 2010
Psalms 33:17-18 - A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite its great strength it cannot save. But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love.
Man is always tempted to trust in his might and intellectual capacity to achieve things in life. But he finds that at critical moments in his life, these human capabilities do not come to his rescue. He often finds his health failing with simple reasons. His possessions loose value because of economic turmoil. His friends forsake him and his popularity wanes over a period of time. He fights great battles in life to find that he can only loose in spite of experience and expertise. There are moments in his life when great resources prove to be meaningless. Technology also fails man at critical moments. If we take the history of Israel as a nation, we can find that they won their battles not because they were a great and mighty force, but because their Lord won the victories for them. They got deliverance from Egypt and the gentile nations around them only because the Lord led their armies. The horses of the enemy nations proved meaningless when they confronted God's army. The Lord's eyes were upon His people and He showed unfailing kindness towards them so that they would gain victory. But wherever hey forsook their Lord, they lost their wars. Thus when the Lord won battles for them, all the glory for the victory went to the Lord and that His name was praised. Even the gentile nations around them recognized that Israel was successful because of their Lord. God's people throughout centuries learnt from their experiences that they survived the attacks of the enemies and the storms of their situations only because of their Lord.
Dear friend, if you are facing a tough situation today, please do not be tempted to think that you can get over it through your own might and intelligence. At critical times, you might be able to see that your experience and expertise do not have any value. At times, the enemy of our souls will come to us to tell us that we can handle it ourselves. But please know that he is a liar and will only want to distract us from depending the Lord alone for our needs and situations. Wherever the people of Israel depended on their own might, they proved to be utter failures. David depended on the Lord for victory and the Lord gave him victory over Goliaths, lions, bears and enemy nations. This was the experience of Joshua as well. They proved that their experiences of victory through the might of the Lord were far more powerful than all the earthly war tactics put together. The history of God's people through the centuries declares to us that temptation to trust in our horses and chariots is utterly meaningless and that we need to trust in the Lord for us to keep going. When we confess our weaknesses and inadequacies, He will take us into His hands as instruments to fight the battle. The battle belongs to the Lord and all the war strategies are His. If we trust Him and hand it all over to Him, He will use to fight from victory to victory for His glory and honor. Today, let us take our hands off our situations and hand them over to the Lord to handle while we are at His disposal as instruments of righteousness to fight His battles.
Psalms 20:7 - Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of our Lord.
Thought for Today
The best of human ability is time and again proved utterly powerless, but the Lord's might is all powerful all the time and all the way.