It seems there is a ballgame being played this weekend in Denver. Yes, the Denver Broncos face off against the New England Patriots for the AFC Championship. While our thoughts will be focused on far more important matters on the Lord’s Day, most all in this area root for the men in Orange. So, it provides us an opportunity to look back at God’s word and see some great lessons of Horse Sense:
Horse Sense Teaches Us That Little Things Can Be Powerful. We owned Belgian draft horses back home. Belgians are the largest horses on the plant. Ours were not the biggest but still were 17.5 hands tall and weighed around 2000 pounds a piece. Yet, my son, all 60 pounds of him, could make a team of horses do whatever he wanted. 4000 pounds of muscle were putty in his hands because of a little bit in each mare’s mouth. James 3:3 reminds us that our tongue is equally as small and equally as powerful. That is why we should watch the words we say. The tongue can be used as a powerful instrument for good or bad. The choice is ours. If we will use a little horse sense, we will, as the children sing, “be careful little mouth what you say.”
Horse Sense Teaches Us Where Strength Comes From. When questioning Job, God asks if he knew where the horse got its strength (39:19). Yet the Psalmist reminds us the horse’s strength is nothing to count on (33:17). Far too often we try to handle things on our own and rely on ourselves. We think we must pull ourselves up by the boot straps and take care of our own self. Solomon reminds us that true strength and victory comes from the Lord (Proverbs 21:31). If we use good horse sense, we will trust in the Lord and lean on his strength, not our own.
Horse Sense Teaches Us That We Should Not Look Back. One of our favorite things to do with our Belgians was to plow. We would use them in our garden. Even more fun were the several plow days throughout the year. When one is trying to plow properly, he must keep focused on where he is at and where he is going. Begin to look around or back and you will have crooked rows, if not worse. In Luke 9:62, Jesus said once we go to work plowing for Him, we must also stay focused on where we are and where we are going. It takes only a moment of looking around and getting distracted by the world before we will be heading down a crooked path. So, if we use a little horse sense, we will realize that we should stay focused on living a Christian life.
Good old fashioned Horse Sense helps illustrate some important lessons from God’s word. However, the Horse Sense and the Bible are both of value only when we use them! Whether or not the Broncos win a championship this year really will not matter in the long run. However, remembering these lessons about horses will benefit us eternally!