Horse Power or God Power
||Garry K. Brantley, M.A., M.Div.
What do engines and horses have in common? Both have "horsepower." James Watt (1736-1819) first used this term to compare a steam engine's power to horses. Since horses were used for work and transportation, people knew how strong these animals were. So, this was a good way of describing an engine's power. People still use the term "horsepower" to describe engines.
In Bible times, people also knew about horsepower. Horses were known for their strength and courage in battle (Job 39:19-25). Because of this, people began to trust in horses for protection. But God warned His people to rely on Him, not horses, for protection (Isaiah 31:1). A horse's strength was nothing compared to God's (Isaiah 31:3). You might say that the people needed to rely on Godpower, not horsepower!
The horse teaches us an important lesson about God's power. God asked Job: "Have you given the horse strength?" (Job 39:19). Obviously, the answer was "No." People can make engines with horsepower, but only God could create a powerful horse! The next time you see a horse, think about its Creator, and remember to trust in His power.
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Where there is design, there must be a designer. Horses show amazing design. Someone--God--must have designed them.
Horses have very large eyes that move separately. Because of this, a horse can look in two different directions at the same time.
Horses have very good hearing. Their short, pointed ears can move to pick up sound in almost any direction.
A horse's feet are protected by strong, curved hoofs. Each hoof has a tough pad on the sole of the foot called a "frog." This special feature helps absorb the shock when the foot hits the ground.
Horses are intelligent animals that can learn to follow signals. But they must be taught by constant repetition. Also, they have excellent memories. They can remember pleasant or unpleasant experiences years after they happened.