Early in life I was taught what it meant to work hard and to be a help to others by doing so. A lot of this was taught to me through my time spent on my grandparent’s farm. They were our main caretakers as my parents were putting in their time at the local factory to provide for me and my siblings. Just as any child, there was work I really enjoyed helping my grandparents with and there definitely was farm chores I hated like weeding their massive garden. Even as I grew into my teenage years, I still enjoyed doing work and helping others do their work. It was nothing for me to spend my Saturdays cleaning the family cars or maintaining the the landscaping and lawn. I just enjoyed doing things and working with my hands. But the older I have gotten working myself to exhaustion doesn’t seem quite as fun as it used to.
Maybe it has something to do with the Lord leading me from being a workhorse to a warhorse. About six months ago He started talking to me about this. My first reaction to this was one of excitement and anticipation and then one of “Do I really know what this means?”
Job 39:19-25 MSG
“Are you the one who gave the horse his prowess and adorned him with a shimmering mane? Did you create him to prance proudly and strike terror with his royal snorts? He paws the ground fiercely, eager and spirited, then charges into the fray. He laughs at danger, fearless, doesn’t shy away from the sword. The banging and clanging of quiver and lance don’t faze him. He quivers with excitement, and at the trumpet blast races off at a gallop. At the sound of the trumpet he neighs mightily, smelling the excitement of battle from a long way off, catching the rolling thunder of the war cries.”
Warhorses were trained to shut out the chaos and intensity of the battle and to approach all situations with clear cut focus and courage. It says in Job, “He laughs at danger, fearless, doesn’t shy away from the sword. The banging and clanging of quiver and lance don’t faze him. He quivers with excitement, and at the trumpet blast races off at a gallop.” Do you have the ability to shut out the chaos and intensity to focus on what matters and head into battle with courage and excitement?
As we begin to grow in the Lord and embrace His training, He will begin to call on the warhorse in all of us. The Spirit of the Lord in the most timid makes us brave and courageous which is one of the traits of a warhorse. So don’t think light of yourself. We all possess a purpose and plan that was divinely designed and given from above. We must seek it out with much conviction and collaborate with our Father who gives you the ability to stay the course and approach your situation with a rhythmic, intense gallop. It is our papa who was the fierce warhorse first giving us the inspiration and encouragement to live courageously just as he did as He allowed His one and only Son to die for us when we were not worthy of such a gallant act. We have nothing to lose in responding to this love with wholehearted courage and fierce love for what He has planned for us despite any tactic of the enemy and mishap on our part. It never disqualifies us. He only encourages us to “to prance proudly and strike terror with our royal snorts? To paw the ground fiercely, eager and spirited, and then charges into the fray. He causes us to laugh at danger, fearless, and to not shy away from the sword. The banging and clanging of quiver and lance don’t faze us. He causes us to quivers with excitement, and at the trumpet blast race off at a gallop.” (My paraphrase from Job)
A warhorse is also adorned with discernment, strength and confidence. Job says “At the sound of the trumpet he neighs mightily, smelling the excitement of battle from a long way off, catching the rolling thunder of the war cries” Even though the warhorse is impatient for the strength of the battle, he still allows discernment trained by the wisdom of the word to rise up from within and guide him through the smells of the excitement of the battle and the rolling thunder of the war cries. He only allows himself to collapse to this desire and to rush into battle at the sound of “go” by the Almighty One. The gallop of the warhorse intensifies as the Spirit of the Lord residing within him whispers reminders of who he is and that he was created for such a time as this. This righteous act of love by Lover of the warhorse’s soul propels him into the midst of the danger…already seeing the end in sight. Ultimate defeat is certain for the enemy of his soul when the enthusiasm of the Almighty One is pulsing through the veins of the warhorse. Nothing is so beautiful, so inspiriting, so full of life and hope.
Let hope arise. Let your beauty be seen. Let your inspiration be heard. Let your enemy be defeated by allowing the warhorse in you come forth and live wholeheartedly with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. You were created for such a time as this.
NCWC Transformation Center Director