April 26

Written by Bill Grandi on April 26th, 2019

My title is War Horse vs God’s Strength.

There are many situations which arise that can give us the feeling of “Oh, what’s the use?” One of those is being falsely accused. Any Christ-follower knows of the false accusations against Jesus, both while he was ministering and while going through the mockery of a trial. I won’t belabor that point. When it happens to us though, it is a whole ‘nother ballgame. It is maddening. It is frustrating. It is demeaning. It is painful. It is a “my hands are tied” moment because there seems to be nothing we can do to turn off the onslaught.

Several verses of Scripture came piercing me this morning but one jabbed hard…in a good way. It is from Psalm 33:16-18: “The king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength. The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by his great might it cannot rescue. Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine.” The verse highlighted is the one which hit me (v.17)

When false accusations pile up…and add that to the daily grind of life…it is easy to look to human solutions. Or to look for an easy way out. But rarely does life work that way. Nor does human solutions do the job. That’s why verse 17 stuck out to me today.

As my title shows, it’s either the war horse or God’s strength which sustains us. Human solutions or God’s strength. It is true God may use an earthly means to accomplish His purpose, but we must not trust earthly means or look to earthly solutions for an answer. Whatever we may go through, I know one thing is sure: we never go so far down, never go so deep, that God is not there. We never go so deep that His arms aren’t below us lifting us up.

“Father, trusting you is sometimes hard. But it is the only one that works in the end. Help me not to put my trust in human solutions but in your strength, knowing Your arms are below mine lifting me up with supernatural strength.”

 

10 Comments so far ↓

  1. Pam says:

    God has proven the truth you share here over and over in my life. Right now we are praying with our daughter for God’s intervention in providing for her and her sons as she copes with divorce. What no lawyer, judge or court can do, God can.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      That is a gut-wrenching situation Pam for all involved. You, Dick, your daughter and grandson. You are right in that what no one else can do, God can. I pray He will surprise you all!

  2. Boy, how I know the pain of false accusations, Bill. Going through that mess, I prayed to God for wisdom and peace in how to handle the situation, and He was my strength and my shield. I’ll always remember His great mercy during that time of my life.
    Blessings!

  3. Glynn says:

    Trusting in man, or any man, no matter how attractive or powerful or promising, is no substitute for trusting in God.

  4. floyd says:

    Good reminder, Bill.

    I can’t count the number of times I’ve tried to solve the problems of life only to fail by human means. The smartest, strongest, most intelligent plans of any one can’t measure in any way shape or form to the Maker and His sovereignty over His creation.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      You are not alone in the “solving problems on my own” club. I just might be the dubious president.

  5. Ryan S. says:

    Reminded me of this song this morning… It’s an older one for sure…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vErGIaf-T_M