The War-horse - a battle spirit!


"Have you given the horse strength......He gallops into the clash of arms. He mocks at fear, and is not frightened; nor does he turn back from the sword......He devours the distance with fierceness and rage; nor does he stand firm, because the trumpet has sounded. At the blast of the trumpet he says, 'Aha!' He smells the battle from afar, the thunder of captains and shouting." Job 39: 19-25.


What a glorious picture! What a battle spirit! The war-horse, pawing the ground, ready to charge against the enemy, just waiting for the trumpet to give the order. Then there is no stopping him! There is a job to be done and he is not afraid of the enemy or the suffering. Charge! In we go! This is it!

In the Old Testament, such horses pulled chariots and made them an almost unconquerable weapon of war. It took divine intervention to save the children of Israel from Pharaoh’s chariots at the Red Sea.. and the 900 chariots of Jabin at the time of Deborah.

The attitude of the warhorse is the mind of every disciple of Christ, ready and armed to battle and live for the will of God. Like Jesus, we can suffer in the flesh and cease from sin. (I Peter 4: 1). 

An Inner Battle

Speaking about battles for God, we might think about fighting against un-Godly people and cases. But as Christians, we also have an inner battle – a battle to be obedient to God. For example, when we are called to be obedient to God, to those in authority, and to our parents, and we sense the opposition in us. That is the enemy in our human nature – our flesh. Maybe he is calling out: “Why should I do it?”I don't want to!” “It's not fair!" 

Then we can smell the battle and say "Aha!" , like what is written about horses in Job 39. Here is the opportunity to be faithful to do God’s will and not our own will, to choose to do the good and not sin! 

When we hear the blast of the trumpet (Job 39), in the French Bible, the war-horse says “En avant!” which means "Forwards. Now, in the battle spirit, we know exactly what we have to do. 

The war-horse devours the distance with fierceness and rage (Job 39), the distance between what we know and what we do with it. 

What separates the two is the resistance in our nature, with all kinds of negative feelings and human reasoning. But God strengthens everyone whose heart is loyal to Him and who wants to be obedient to the Spirit.

No standing still now! No drawing back! Now is the time for action! Then we run forwards, just like David ran to attack Goliath. 

“For by You I can run through a troop, by my God I can leap over a wall (Psalm 18: 29). David was like the warhorse, and so shall we be.