Running with the Horses

kentucky horsesI live in central Kentucky. The area is referred as the “Horse Capital of The World”. We are surrounded by beautiful bluegrass pastures, white rail fences, and magnificent thoroughbred horses. It is a great joy in the spring of the year to watch the yearlings run across the sun-drenched bluegrass fields for the shear joy of running.

One of our morning coffee group at Fitch’s IGA is a horseman. Across his lifetime, June Humphrey has worked with a breed of horse that is not as well known to most people as the thoroughbred is.  He has raised and trained draft horses for competitive pulling. These magnificent beasts may weigh 2,700+ pounds. This powerful breed and the teamsters that work with these wonderful animals help keep alive a rural American tradition. These animals were the ‘horsepower’ of farm families in days gone by.

God’s word seems to relate in some way to everything and everybody. For example, Jeremiah uses an analogy that relates horses to the human condition. Jeremiah 12:5 (KJV)“If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? And if in the land of peace, where in thou trusteth , they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?”

The application is clear. If smaller trials and adversities weary us, how will we do when major problems confront us? Will we be able to hold on to our faith in the face of adversity? When tragedy strikes, can we hold on to the promises of the Lord?

The scriptures teach us how to contend with trouble. In 2 Peter 1:3-4 (NKJ) Peter tells us that “His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness…” He tell us that there “have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises”. The instructions continues in verses 5-9. “But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, and to knowledge self-control; and to self-control perseverance; and to perseverance godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  You can contend with the horses!

But then Peter warns, “For he who lacks these things is short sighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.” Such a person will neither be able to contend with horses nor survive the swelling of the Jordan.

They that wait upon the Lord…shall run and not be weary  (Isaiah 40:31)

~ Brother Roy


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