The writer of Proverbs tells us to ready your horse for battle. Be prepared. Put in the time and effort to face what’s next. All the while realizing the victory is the Lord’s.
I expect readying my horse for battle looks different from yours. Readying my horse involves being prepared to write what I believe God wants me to write. Sending it where I believe he wants it published. Getting it in front of people I believe he wants it in front of.
Perhaps you’re preparing to venture into new areas in your career, relationship, life, or ministry. With each new adventure we face, our horse needs to be made ready.
Ready yourself for battle. Sounds good but how do we go about accomplishing that?
As Christ followers, I believe we ready our horse for the battle to withstand Satan’s fiery darts of doubt, temptation, discouragement, and disappointment ahead of time by grounding ourselves in the truth of God’s Word. We do our part, acknowledging our Lord is the one fighting the battle for us.
It took fourteen years before God moved David from shepherd to king. During that time David readied his horse for the greater battle ahead.
As a teen, he took care of his father’s sheep. He meditated on the word of the Lord and penned glorious psalms of praise, deliverance, lament, and hope.
While tending the sheep, David faced the paw of the lion and the bear. And was delivered each time by God.
He faced Goliath with a sling and stone and defeated the giant in the name of the Lord.
David readied his horse for the battle as King Saul chased him and his ragtag band all over Israel. He learned to be a leader by trusting God and depending on him for deliverance.
We can, and must, ready our horse for battle, always remembering the victory belongs to the Lord.
What battle are you facing? How are you readying your horse?
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The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord. Proverbs 21:31 (ESV)
I wish you well.
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