Saturday, April 26, 2008

Eye Contact or Bit and Bridle?

"I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with my eye. Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle..." (Psl.32:8,9a)

Is God able to lead you simply by making eye contact, or must He use a "bit and bridle?" As the wonderful old song says, "God leads His dear children along," but not always by the same means. Some of us can see the "pillar of cloud" by day, but are oblivious to the "pillar of fire" by night (Exodus 13:21). This is especially true when God wants us to do (or refrain from doing) something that goes against our own will, or even our better judgment. In cases like these, when we refuse to let Him guide us with His eye, we often must be pushed and pulled like a stubborn mule.

When our children were small, their father had his own way of getting their attention—the well-remembered "ha-rumph" (clearing his throat). They all swear you could hear it a mile away; and whether in a noisy auditorium or a quiet funeral home, it never failed to get a quick head turn from each one of them. Looking back, this probably saved a lot of time and effort, especially for Dad!

Wouldn't you think our Heavenly Father deserved that same kind of attention and obedience? What a blessing it must be to His heart, and what quiet provision for our own well-being, when we allow Him to instruct and teach us "with his eye." In order for this to work, however, we'll have to keep our eyes on Him at all times, won’t we?

— In the Christian life, recognition is better than restraint.—.

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