Don’t Bet on Horses

by APC on July 27, 2015

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God (Psalms 20:7, KJV).

Daily Bets

We place bets every day that we’ll be safe, healthy, be financially secure, possess the right skills and intellect, and/or have the right morals to be “good.” These are our horses we take a gamble with on a continual basis.

In the Old Testament, it was common practice for nations to forge alliances with other nations with greater weaponry to help them fight their enemies. The most sophisticated weapon of the day was a chariot and horses—none of which the Nation of Israel had. God told His people in Psalms 20:7 while some people trust in chariots and horses, they could trust in Him.

Trust in a Sure Thing

Life is full of uncertainty. The gambles we take in life are just the same. But, God is neither a bet nor a gamble. When we trust in Jesus, is a sure thing. Trusting in Him, however, isn’t easy. We choose too often to bet on horses in life that won’t bring the desired results. When we trust in God, He will always provide the best and right solution.

Scripture tells us God is strong in power and never fails (Isaiah 40:26), He faints not and is never weary (Isaiah 40:28), He gives power to them that are weak and increases their strength (Isaiah 40:29) and, “they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk , and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31, KJV).

Trust in What We Can’t See

The world wants us to believe that we can only trust what we can see. This is a myth and doesn’t apply to God! God’s rules don’t apply to our rules (Isaiah 55:8); we are to walk by faith and not by sight (II Corinthians 5:7). We are to trust in the Lord with all of our heart (Proverbs 3:5–6) and never be afraid (Psalms 56:11). It is always better to trust in the Lord rather than man (Psalms 118:9).

The Syrian army surrounded the prophet Elisha because he was helping Israel escape from their hand. Elisha’s servant was beside himself and didn’t know what to do. Elisha told the young man, “Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them” (II Kings 6:15, KJV). Elisha prayed for the servant’s eyes to be opened, and the young man saw the mountain full of chariots of fire (II Kings 6:17).

When we start to trust in God, we may not see how He’s working for our good. There are things happening in the spiritual realm we do not see in the natural, but they are much more powerful than anything we could see in the natural. We need to start walking in this dimension of faith—to know we don’t have to see the results, but that God is in control!

What’s Our Horses’ Name?

There are famous horses in all of our lives and they all have different names: job, money, government, friendships, health, etc. We have to stop trusting these horses and start trusting in God. Scripture says:

Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD (Isaiah 31:1, KJV).

If we trust in things that are of this world, they will eventually fall and we too will fail. If we trust in God, nothing other than victory will occur (Isaiah 31:4). He is like a lion that has already conquered his prey and nothing can scare Him or overpower Him!

We won’t be able to trust in God if we trust in anything else. If anything else holds more of our trust, it’s an idol. We need to remember the name of our Lord, and realize that He is the one in whom we should trust. He is the one in whom we should serve. When we finally get to a place where we completely and utterly trust in Him, we’ll know the name to call—Jesus.

Adapted from Sunday Morning Service on July 27, 2015