Some Boast in Chariots

“Some boast in chariots, and some in horses . . . .”

It was the fall of 1998. I had graduated the previous May but was still without a permanent teaching job.

I assumed it was because of my age (pushing 50) or lack of academic writing (all my articles appeared in newspapers) or, maybe, a scarcity of professional contacts (my friends were not in academe).

So I was reading my Bible, searching for some encouragement, when I stumbled on this passage. Turns out the words foreshadowed my employment at AC the following spring. Even more, they taught me an important life lesson.

Today when I’m intimidated by all the reasons I can’t do something, I remember my hope is not only in natural abilities (or lack thereof).

For none of the things people say will guarantee success always deliver on their promises. In fact, this world knows only one reliable Promise Keeper.

Some boast in chariots,
and some in horses;
But we will boast
in the name of the Lord our God.
(Psalm 20:7)

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