The Wild Horse In All Of Us

July 13, 2013

The Wild Horse In All Of US

            A wild horse suddenly discovers that he has been ensnared into a corral.  He frantically runs around looking for a way to escape back to the wilderness.  He tries to jump over the high fence, but he can’t.  The cowboys approach.  One is swinging a lariat over his head.  The frightened horse runs frantically from one end of the corral to the other.  Finally the cowboy with the lariat manages to get the rope around his neck.  Now the horse is even more restricted.  He rears on his hind legs whinnying as loud as he can.  The rope is tied around a post.  Little by little the cowboys shorten the rope, giving him less and less liberty.  The cowboys cautiously draw near to him and gently touch his neck.  They speak soft words to him in an attempt to calm him, but he trembles in fear.  He doesn’t know what will happen.  All he can think of is to escape again to the wilderness, but it’s impossible.  They leave him tied there all afternoon.  Again and again he tries to escape, but there is no way he can break the rope.  Off and on during the afternoon the cowboys come up and pat his neck, speaking softly to him.  They offer him some water in a pail, but he refuses to drink it.  He hates the men.  He wonders how they can be so cruel to him.  In the evening they loosen the rope enough to allow him to lie down to sleep.

The next morning the cowboys come back.  This time, when they offer him some water, he drinks it because of his thirst.  He drinks a whole pail of water and half of another.  They continue to touch him and speak softly to him, but he refuses to be calm.  In the afternoon they offer him some green grass that he eats.  He drinks more water that they offer him.  The same routine goes on for several days.  More and more the horse realizes that the cowboys aren’t going to hurt him.  The day finally comes when they untie the rope and lead him outside the corral where he can eat all the green grass he wants.  Then they take him to a barn.  He is afraid to enter until they coax him in with a pail of water.  Once he is inside they give him some grain to eat.  He had never tasted grain before and he loved it.  At night, and on rainy days, he goes into the barn where he always finds grain waiting for him.  In the barn he sleeps on dry hay.  Outside there is a windmill that keeps a tank full of fresh water for him to drink.  How fortunate he is!  After a time he has no desire to go back to the wilderness.

In Romans 3:23 the Bible tells us that we are all sinners.  This story of the wild horse is an illustration of the sinner who seeks to flee from God.  His reprobate mind has him convinced that surrendering to the will of God would put to death everything good and pleasant in life.  For his own wellbeing, he thinks it best to stay as far away from God as he can.

Some, however, by the grace of God, stop to give some consideration to what God has to offer them.  They read or hear the Word of God.  The more they hear about Christ, the more they realize that they personally need him to be their Savior from sin. “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;  And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” ( I Corinthians 15:3-4).  After the sinner puts his trust in Christ he realizes that God has forgiven his sin.  Being  a genuine Christian he can say with the Psalmist;     “He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings” (Psalm 40:2).

Even so, many Christians go on struggling with the fear of what will happen if they make a complete surrender to God.  They keep holding on to some of their sin.  Some of the wild horse remains in them.  Nearly all of us have a similar struggle when we face death.  It’s not that we don’t believe the promise of I Corinthians 2:9.  “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”  A fear of death is a part of our innate nature.  God never rebukes those who fear death.  He gives a special measure of grace to those who are facing it.  In fact, the Bible even calls death our enemy.  I Corinthians 15:26 says, “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.” Without a doubt, the moment we enter heaven’s gates we will wonder why we feared death.

My friend, if you are still like the wild horse, seeking to escape from the corral, let me tell you that you can escape, but if you do, you will be the looser.  Once you experience the love of God that passes all understanding, you will never want to go back to fleeing from God.  You will never know the riches of God’s grace until you put your trust in him.  “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.   For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD” (Isaiah 55:7-8).







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