If the path to the left leads back to the barn, these horses may show signs of being “barn sour.” Once a barn sour horse is turned back toward home, he will pick up speed. If left unchecked, he will gallop back to the barn like a madman! Becoming barn sour could be the result of fears and insecurities being away from his comfort zone, or just plain stubbornness.
Today’s verse tells us not to be like a horse or mule. They have no understanding and need the control of the bit and bridle. We, on the other hand, have God’s promise to instruct and teach us in the way we should go. The Lord promises to instruct those that fear Him in the ways they should choose (Psalm 25:12). He promises to guide the humble (Psalm 25:9). His loving eye is on us, seeing every choice we need to make. He knows about every decision we face. His counsel is always available if we are humble enough to seek it.
Quite frankly, I sometimes prefer being “barn sour.” That way, I know I am returning to the comfortable and familiar. But He does not always lead that way. He is more interested in growing my faith and dependance on Him. The path that He chooses may be more challenging, but it is a path with adventures that will bring me closer to Him! His guidance and counsel is done with love. And I can trust that He knows what He is doing even if it is away from my “comfort zone.”
Lord, thank you for your loving guidance.