“A horse is a false hope for victory;
Nor does it deliver anyone by its great strength.”
Psalm 33:17 NASB
Horses are known for their strength and speed. In 1973 a thoroughbred horse named Secretariat became a household word. His winning streak was tremendous; making him the first U. S. Triple Crown champion in 25 years. Imagine the surprise of many who placed their bets at the Kentucky Derby on other horses hoping for victory only to have Secretariat win and set a record. Daily, people place their bets on false hope. They place their hope in people, careers, family, government, money, success and their ability to be in control. A false hope means going contrary to God’s Law and leads an individual away from the only source where victory can be found—in Christ.
Many times it is hard to know if something is false or real. We are living in a world filled with deception and false religions. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father, but through Me (John 14:6).” Simple and to the point—there is but one way. Because He is the truth, through the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit, you will be able to discern what is false and what is true. God’s Word is the plumb line.
One additional word of encouragement from the Psalmist: “Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope for His lovingkindness,” (Psalm 33:18 NASB). Charles Spurgeon writes, “Those who fear God need not fear anything else. Let them fix their eye of faith on Him and His eye of love will always rest on them.”
Would you rather have a false hope or the real hope? ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts (Zechariah 4:6). Real hope found in Christ is the true victory!