As children, most of us can remember the many hours we spent riding our “stick horses” across the plains, keeping the bad guys under control. And it was the custom for the man on the “fastest horse” to win. We would depend on our fast horse to defend against whatever enemy we were fighting at the time. These traits have followed many of us into adulthood. Our trust and faith is now transferred into our fast cars, boats, planes, missiles, the biggest bomb, or the greatest “net worth.”
The leaders of our nation put their faith on these “things” which we have made with our own wisdom, strength and hands. We feel invincible because of our fast horse. It is as if we thumb our noses at God, our Creator. Laws are being passed to remove Him and all His influence from our society, while at the same time, we are protecting “man’s writings” and influence. For many years we have taken great comfort in the saying that “we are a Christian nation.” But, instead of fearing God and putting our “stay” on Him, our childhood habits still rule our thoughts and actions.
As a body of people called the church—those who have been obedient to the gospel of Christ and have been added to that number by the Lord (Acts 2)—we also allow those human traits to rule in our lives. We still put our trust in our fast horse instead of God. Our leaders are afraid of the people more than they are of the God of heaven who can destroy both body and soul in destruction. The preaching of the whole counsel of God goes lacking in so many places for fear of “causing some deep emotions” to be stirred and we might lose some of our members. They will go to another place where they can “worship” without feeling the pangs of a guilty conscience for living in adultery, or for some other godless lifestyle. The preachers are afraid to speak the Truth and some leaders make sure that is the case. Instead of God’s mandate to “Preach the Truth”—reprove, rebuke and exhort—we demand soft soap, smooth sayings to make us feel good. In this way, no one gets his feelings hurt.
How can we overcome these traits and put our full trust in God as we have been instructed to do! We can let God’s word start speaking to us and learning from the lessons from history. When we seriously study it and let it have free course in our lives, our stay on the Lord will increase and grow, then we will put our fast horse out to pasture and let God be our strength and protector. A few examples will confirm this.
Several places in the Bible’s history of God’s chosen people, their lack of trust, their rebellion against God, and the fate which they suffered as a result are shown. Psalm 78 and Acts 7 are two good places to start and are recommended highly. They show clearly how that after all the wonderful and powerful works God had done in their sight, they still did not believe and fear God as they should.
God had spoken to Israel a number of times, telling them that they were not chosen because they were the most in number, but because of His love for them and for the keeping of His covenant (Deuteronomy 7). He wanted them to trust and fear Him. The story of Gideon with the 300 men fighting against a large army, and the taking of the city of Jericho with a shout instead of a shot being fired should be faith builders for each of us. God wants us to know that when we put our trust and faith in Him, He will fight for us, in ways we may never understand, as we diligently follow His plan. Whether we are a “king of a nation” or a “leader” in God’s church of an average member of society, we must learn this lesson: fear God and keep His commandments. This is the whole of man! The battle is not to the rider of the fastest horse—it is the Lord’s.
“There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength. An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength” (Psalm 33:16-17).
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