In Job 39 God gives a very vivid and powerful description of a horse. He says in verses 19-25:
19 “Have you given the horse strength?
Have you clothed his neck with thunder?[a]
20 Can you frighten him like a locust?
His majestic snorting strikes terror.
21 He paws in the valley, and rejoices in his strength;
He gallops into the clash of arms.
22 He mocks at fear, and is not frightened;
Nor does he turn back from the sword.
23 The quiver rattles against him,
The glittering spear and javelin.
24 He devours the distance with fierceness and rage;
Nor does he come to a halt because the trumpet has sounded.
25 At the blast of the trumpet he says, ‘Aha!’
He smells the battle from afar,
The thunder of captains and shouting.
Verse 19 speaks to the incredible power of a horse, describing him as being ” clothed….with thunder “. The verses go on to describe how with this power he lives and operates fearlessly, courageously, intentionally and very purposefully. They describe him throwing himself into battle, living dangerously, taking risks. What’s described is so spontaneous and free of restraint it seems instinctive, what the horse knows it was made for, wired for, this life of glory, danger & risk.
God calls us and equips us to live like the horse. He clothes us with thunder, makes us powerful with His power and by that power calls us to live fearlessly, courageously, intentionally and with purpose. He calls us to throw ourselves into the battles, challenges, and needs before us, dangerously, taking risks, not in a cautious self-preserving manner, but ready to pay a price, for it to cost us.
Over time, hopefully that’s how we spontaneously live more and more, free of restraint, instinctively knowing that this is what we were made for, a life of glory, danger and risk.
Some valuable lessons from a horse, because like him we are ” clothed….with thunder”.