Some months ago, I shared my story, Stop Horsey Stop! Today’s passage brought back memories of that ride once again. It’s too bad, really, when I think of all the other pleasant guided rides I’ve done. The most memorable and the one that immediately comes to mind above all other guided rides is the horrific nightmare of the ride in Loxahatchee so long ago when the horse wanted to ride me into the canal.
Today’s passage is found in Psalm 32:8 – 10, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you. Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in him.”
In these passages, God describes some people who act like horses and mules, having to be guided by bit and bridle because they are stubborn. They left God with no other option than to discipline them. They could have chosen a different method allowing God to guide them step by step. Listen, folks, God longs to guide us with love and wisdom, but he is not afraid of disciplining his children.
One could ask, “Where are this love and wisdom you refer to?” That’s a good question. Answer – The Bible. His Word offers us the best way to go. It is plum full of love, wisdom, and so much more.
Wouldn’t it be easier to follow God’s advice rather than our own stubbornness? Why do people fail to trust in Him? Why do so many people fight it daily?
Lord, some days I look at people and ask myself that question. Why do so many people fight it? Why are some people so stubborn, like horses trying to go their own way? Lord, I realize I can even be stubborn sometimes, and some days I struggle with trust. Help me, Lord, lead me, Lord, guide me, Lord, in everything I do. Forgive my stubbornness. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
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