“Do not be like the horse or like the mule, Which have no understanding,
Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, Else they will not come near you.” Psalm 32:9
I remember as a kid being tortured by my older brothers and them applying pain till I would give up. The word that was used to alleviate the pressure was uncle, “say uncle” was the command.
Now I realize my brothers are no comparison to God nor are their motives but I do think it’s a good reference to my point. In Psalm 32 David is sharing with us that his Heavenly Father was applying the pressure that comes from unrepented sin in our lives but instead of saying uncle He wants us to say ask forgiveness and repent.
I know I’m not the only one who’s been tortured by a stronger foe, and I myself at times was that bully who arrogantly demanded surrender. But there was always the guy who would never say uncle and there were times I thought I’d hear a bone crack or a limb be torn off before they would submit.
I don’t know your story but what pressure is God allowing in your life that He wants you to say “uncle”? Sometimes it’s painful to watch other believers continue to walk in the flesh and thinking to myself “this could get ugly” and I myself can relate to the heavy hand of God upon me to turn from my way and walk in His.
David says “Do not be like the horse or like the mule, which have no understanding”. He reminds us that they “must be harnessed with bit and bridle, else they will not come near you.” I may have never had a bit in my mouth or was guided by a bridle but I have certainly felt like I was.
So as the writer of Hebrews pleads with his readers as he compares them to the ones Moses led out of Egypt and captivity, “Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”
So if God is allowing circumstances to bring you to your knees it’s not to humiliate you but to bring you into a right relationship with Him. Just say “uncle”. Rob Russomano serves full-time at America’s Keswick and is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy. You can write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Think About This: A good sermon helps people to two ways: Some rise from it greatly strengthened; others wake from it greatly refreshed. E. C. McKenzie
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: Be of good courage, and let us be strong for our people and for the cities of our God. And may the Lord do what is good in His sight. 2 Samuel 10:12