One-a-Day...for the Heart: A Horse of a Different Color
Updated: Feb 1, 2021
Horses are magnificent animals. As a child, my sister had a collection of small horse figurines of many colors and breeds. She would dream about riding real horses on a trail or performing in a horse show someday, as she played with the tiny porcelain horses in the small “pasture” she made in the yard. One horse, in particular, the Piebald, seemed to be a favorite, and she recorded in her diary one day that she had “big plans for the Piebald and me.” Over the years, our family has affectionately used that phrase to mean that we have a full schedule or exciting plans for the day—we have “big plans for the Piebald and me.”
The Bible describes the grandeur and superbness of the horse in Job 39:19-25 (NLT). As the Lord speaks to Job regarding His power, strength, and creativity, He asks Job, "Have you given the horse its strength or clothed its neck with a flowing mane? Did you give it the ability to leap forward like a locust? Its majestic snorting is something to hear! It paws the earth and rejoices in its strength. When it charges to war, it is unafraid. It does not run from the sword. The arrows rattle against it, and the spear and javelin flash. Fiercely it paws the ground and rushes forward into battle when the trumpet blows. It snorts at the sound of the bugle. It senses the battle even at a distance. It quivers at the noise of battle and the shout of the captain's commands.”
The horse is symbolic of power, glory, and luxury in the Bible, and it is associated with strength and war. The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but deliverance and victory are of the Lord, we read in Proverbs 21:31 (AMP). When it charges to war, it is unafraid. It does not run from the sword…it senses the battle even at a distance.
As Satan and his kingdom are finally defeated, a spectacular scene will unfold, and those who know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will have an integral part! The Apostle John got a glimpse of a horse unlike any other horse—it was not red or black or palomino or piebald or dapple gray. It was pure white and, no doubt had a brilliance and sheen that truly made it “a horse of a different color” because its rider was none other than Jesus Christ.
Here is John’s account of this amazing scene of things to come: Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. And the one sitting on the horse was named Faithful and True. For He judges fairly and then goes to war. His eyes were bright like flames of fire, and on His head were many crowns. A name was written on Him, and only He knew what it meant. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His title was the Word of God. The armies of heaven, dressed in pure white linen, followed Him on white horses. From His mouth came a sharp sword, and with it He struck down the nations. He ruled them with an iron rod, and He trod the winepress of the fierce wrath of Almighty God. On His robe and thigh was written this title: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS (Revelation 19:11-16 NLT).
Big plans for the Piebald and me? Far BIGGER plans are in store for the white horse and its rider named Faithful and True! I can’t wait!
© 2020, Chris Werre