Learning to ride horses is an interesting experience. As a novice rider, you’re taught to hold the reins in your hands like ice cream cones, not put your feet too tightly in the stirrups, and maintain good posture. Seems simple, right? It isn’t! After about a year into riding, my cousin, whom I frequently rode with, was riding to the hospital with a completely broken leg. Horses are tough to ride! Cowboys of the old days were no joke!
I love the imagery of the Bible. In Revelation 19, there is a picture of Jesus that portrays Him in a way that helps us understand His power. Jesus doesn’t need help learning how to ride a horse—He created them. He is a rider who has a powerful name—Faithful and True. As I read this passage in a Bible Study recently, I couldn’t help but think of the times in my life when God had been faithful and true.
We need not look further than a couple chapters over in Revelation 21:4 to understand what God’s faithfulness and truth look like: “He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” (NLT) There is coming a day when the power of God will forever eradicate evil. All of the evil that has ever existed will be no more. God will one day restore all of creation to Him, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the character of God.
Our God judges fairly and wages a righteous war. What’s completely unfair is that we rebel against Him so often with our thoughts, words, and actions, yet He willingly chose to send Jesus on our behalf. He had the power to do anything other than pick up a towel and basin and serve His creation. However, Jesus truly is Faithful and True. He humbled Himself to the extent of a criminal's death on a cross to allow us to be forever reconciled to Him. When Jesus comes a second time, He will not ride humbly in on a donkey. He will return powerfully and triumphantly with crowns on His head ready to wage war against all of the evil in creation. I pray our response to God’s character and goodness is correct—to fall broken, humbled, and awestruck before the King of kings and the Lord of lords.
Can you point to moments or life-experiences where God showed you He is faithful and true? Spend a few moments in prayer thanking God for His goodness and sovereignty.