Wild as Horses,
Stubborn as Mules,
Or Guided by God’s Eye.
Psalm 32:8-9 “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
Be not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.”
Horses are beautiful and wild. When you break a horse, you don’t want to break its spirit, but its will.
Mules are very good animals of burden and work. They work hard….when they do; but it is getting them to do it, that is the problem.
Bits and bridles for both of these animals are often called for, in the training period, and sometimes, beyond.
We are often like this, the Lord says. We are wild, wanting our own will.
And we are stubborn; this is written in a Psalm of David, where he confesses his refusal to go to God in confession of sin.
Psalm 32:3-4 ” When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.
For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.”
David knew he had sinned. He just refused to acknowledge it. He did not want to think of it.
But when God dealt with him; he could think of nothing else. It took all his strength and vitality; and left him withered, until he did come and confess it.
(Selah means: stop and consider!)
But there is a remedy for this way of behaving. God says He will instruct us.
This means that He will gives us knowledge to do; but also understanding in that knowledge.
Men can instruct as to what to do,
But only God can give understanding.
Then He says He will teach us.
He will take our hands and place them on the work, and show us how it is to be done.
It is the “on job” training of God for us. It is Amazing!
God personally taking us aside and guiding us in everything we are to do.
“I will guide thee with my eye.” How many looks have we received from our parents, our spouses, and friends. We know so well what they mean, without them saying a word.
This is the relationship God wants to have with each of us.