Lead a Horse to Water

(Scripture) Psalm 106:13-23, Proverbs 14:33the cowboy way
Ps. 106:13 (NLT) Yet how quickly they forget what He had done! They wouldn’t wait for His counsel.
Pv. 14: 33 (NLT) Wisdom is enshrined in an understanding heart; wisdom is not found among fools.

(Observations)

  1. David retells the events of Moses and how some impatient Israelites’ desires dominated their actions. So God gave them what they asked for, along with a plague.
  2. The rebel’s impatience clouded their sight of God. They invented a god that would give them all they wanted.
  3. Moses intervened and begged God not to destroy them.
  4. Solomon encapsulates the potential cause for these rebel’s actions. Wisdom can only be preserved in a God centered heart. Wisdom is not possible among those who do not have this relationship with God. Why make a god out of something God create?

(Application)
I recall a time my son brought me his shoe with a terrible knot in it. If he had just brought me his shoe as I asked, then the knot could have been avoided. Yet, he wanted to be a big boy. I knew how important it was for him feel confident and independent. So he was disobedient over a small thing, it wasn’t as though it dealt with his eternal life.

What should we do when our children possibly make decisions that may affect their eternal life? Haven’t they seen us immerse ourselves in His Word, in prayer, and acknowledge God’s importance? We prayed with them and took them to church when they are young. Raise up a child in which they should go and they will not depart from it, right? How then do we change their minds toward Christ when they get older? Recall how our perfect Father had two children in a garden who made a boneheaded decision? Now His chosen children made a golden calf their god. God’s perfect love and grace was packaged in His gift of free will.

Ultimately, all we can really do is trust God. Pray that God will remove the barriers that fog our children’s perspective and prevent them from recognizing Him. Like the woman at the well (Jn 4: 1-26), the choice is personal. You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink the same water Christ offered that Samaritan woman that day.

(Prayer)
Loving and patient Father. Please remove the fog so that we all can see You better. So we all can have that relationship that You have always wanted with us. In Your name I pray. Amen.

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