Written by Wendell Meyers
Run with Horses or Return to Egypt
Lord, you always give me justice when I bring a case before you. So let me bring you this complaint: Why are the wicked so prosperous? Why are evil people so happy? You have planted them, and they have taken root and prospered. Your name is on their lips, but you are far from their hearts. But as for me, Lord, you know my heart. You see me and test my thoughts. Drag these people away like sheep to be butchered! Set them aside to be slaughtered! How long must this land mourn? Even the grass in the fields has withered. The wild animals and birds have disappeared because of the evil in the land. For the people have said, “The Lord doesn’t see what’s ahead for us!” “If racing against mere men makes you tired, how will you race against horses? If you stumble and fall on open ground, what will you do in the thickets near the Jordan?
Used for farming, transportation, therapy, and war, horses are among the strongest and most beautiful animals in God’s creation. Not to mention, they are, in some cases, extremely expensive. It is no surprise that Jesus is depicted riding a white horse in the book of Revelation. Horses represent the strength, beauty, and freedom through submission of God’s love. God calls us to run like them, to personify them. So, what does that really mean?
We tend to see domesticated horses, but it is a beautiful sight to see wild horses roaming a tableland. These wild horses must be “broken” in order to perform the specific tasks I mentioned above. Wild horses do not want to be caught and broken, so they fight and buck until they trust their horseman. We are no different. We roam the Earth in freedom, grazing and running wild. Then, Jesus shows up on the scene with a lasso. Out of fear, we flee from Him, but he corrals us, then by tender love and care (a little TLC, or a lot for some of us) He breaks us. He makes us submissive to His will and nourishes and loves us, all while putting us to work, using our gifts and abilities to build His kingdom.
I encourage you to read Jeremiah 42. The remnant of Judah—all the poor people—are left in the land after the Babylonians took all the educated people back to Egypt. Things get tough so they ask Jeremiah to pray about what they should do and where they should go. Stay in Israel or go to Egypt?
The real question they asked was, should they suffer for the sake of something new and uncertain, or return to what is easy, familiar, comfortable, and certain? The answer was plain, “Remnant of Judah, the Lord has told you, ‘Do not go to Egypt’” (Jeremiah 42:19). Trust the Lord in the place that you are in, He will bless the land you are already in. Do not go back to what is familiar and easy. Your labor, pain, suffering, and lack is not in vain. Submit to the Father, let Him break you and begin to use you.
Father, thank you for your tender love and care. Thank you for the season of life that I am walking through. Break me, oh Lord. As your word says in James 3:3, “putting bits into the mouths of horses…can turn the whole animal.” God, put bits in my mouth today. May we not buck and fight against you but submit our will to yours. Help us to understand that you are not trying to suppress our freedom, but that you are trying to channel our strength, gifts, and abilities to kingdom business. Help us to look ahead to what is to come, instead of looking back at what was. We love you and we thank you. It is in the strong and powerful name of Jesus that we ask these things, Amen Amen Amen.