The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the LORD. – Proverbs 21:31
I’m not a horse person. I almost have a fear of horses. I really have no idea why as I’ve only rarely been around a horse. There was no traumatic horse event in my childhood but I have no interest in them. I don’t want to ride one, touch one or own one.
But my granddaughter is another story. I mean, she is into horses. Ever since she was a very little girl, she has had such a love for horses. Toy horses, pictures of horses, puzzles of horses, movies with horses – anything remotely connected to horses have her interest. Much to the chagrin of her parents, she desperately wants a horse.
Horses in biblical times, of course, were not pets, but they were weapons. Think of them as the “tanks” of ancient battles. So when the writer of Proverbs is speaking about preparing the horse for battle, he’s speaking of preparing for war. This probably involves making sure the horse is well feed, rested and that the rider has all his weapons. Yet in spite of all this preparation, the final victory belongs to the LORD.
We study, we prepare, we think, we gain wise counsel and we head into “battle” but the final outcome is in God’s hands. This verse does not excuse from our due diligence or preparation. But it does let us know that at some point we have to trust God for the victory. In Him resides the final outcome.
But what if the outcome is not what I wish? Did I neglect to prepare my horse for battle? Did I have a lack of faith? Remember the promise here is the victory belongs to the LORD, not me. My role is to prepare as best as I can. The preparation for your battle many contain an almost endless list of tasks, but as I have prepared my horse for battle and turned the final outcome over to Him, I can trust that He is victorious. While we are not responsible for the final outcome, we are to prepare our horse for the battle.
But the hard part is next, trusting Him for the victory. After I’ve done what I know to do, I must trust Him.
Victory may be different than you imagine it to be, but it is victory none-the-less. He works out situations in ways I often don’t understand – at least at the time. Even if I never fully come to understand, I must rest in the fact that He is a loving God and He does work out my battles and make me victorious.
For many of us, the preparation is easy, but trusting Him for the victory is hard. Well, for me the hard part might be being around a horse, but overcoming fear is another proverb.