The Bit and The Bridle, Part 1

“The Lord says, I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch
over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under
control.” (Psalm 32:8-9)

Let me be the first to say, that more often than not, I am a senseless mule that needs a bit and bridle! Psalm 32 talks of the ‘joys of being cleared of sin’ and the need for ‘confession of all our sins’. I love this verse above, not because of the negative side of being a horse or mule, but because it reveals a wonderful truth about the Lord’s guidance.

When the Lords says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life’, we can rest in complete certainty that this is true. All through scripture, the Holy Spirit is shown to be an amazing gift given to us by the Lord. Five chapters later you see that the Lord ‘delights in every detail of our lives’, when we belong to Him. So much so, that ‘though we stumble, we will not fall for the Lord holds us by the hand.’ We can be sure that the Spirit is truly amazing, that He is given to us to ‘advise and watch over us’. Oh, how God’s Grace abounds!

But how does the Spirit advise and watch over us? The second part of the verse above reveals two important points that are needed in order to live a Godly life by the Spirit. A bit and bridle serve two main purposes. One, to keep the horse or mule on the right path, in other words, to lead it in the right direction.

Two, to control the speed of travel at any time of the horse or mule. We do not want to be a senseless horse or mule, but still we need to allow the Spirit to work in our lives and achieve the same thing. The Spirit advises and watches over us the same way as the ‘bit and bridle’, except there should be no need to be kept under control. To have to force us every time to go the right way, or to slow down. We need to trust in the Spirit, knowing that the Lord knows the best pathway for our lives.

The Spirit lives in us, and guides us in our choices. He shows us the road to a Godly life, we just
need to allow Him to work, to take the lead. We need to follow in Jesus footsteps, and there is no other way, but by the Spirit. ‘For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth’. We know He leads us in the right direction, but what about our speed of travel? ‘Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act’. More often than not, we stumble at this point of the Spirit’s leading. The simple truth is, that sometimes God wants us to sit still and wait, other times He wants us to travel steadily along and other times he wants us to sprint ahead.

Ignoring the Spirit in this has and still does lead God’s people to a hard place where the ‘bit and
bridle’ have to be put on to jank us back to where we should be. Where is God leading you today? May we follow the ‘Holy Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.’ As the Psalmists says, ‘don’t be impatient for the Lord to act, travel steadily along his path.’

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