Submit and Follow

Proverbs 26:3 Dissected and Defined

A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool’s back.

Daily Devo Paraphrase

One of my favorite Old Testament verses that reveal God’s Hidden Plan of the Spirit is found in Psalm 32:8“…I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.”

God Instructs, Teaches, and Guides Us

This wonderful verse prophesies of a God that instructs, teaches, and guides with his foreseeing eyes. Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that His thoughts toward us are “…of peace, and not evil, to give [us] an expected end.”

This beautiful picture of a persuading Spirit that leads, guides, instructs, and protects our path is exactly what submissive mankind needs to get safely through the trails and trials of life. As for me, where He leads, I will follow.

Submit and Follow

But is there an alternative to this Spirit-led lifestyle? It is found after the beautifully prophetic verse of Psalm 32:8 in verse nine. We read, “Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle…” (emphasis added).

This is the life of the fool. He wants to lead and refuses to follow. God’s only choice to control a fool is to make him (bridle), chasten him (whip), or break him (rod for the back) so that He will submit and follow.

God Will Not Violate Our Free Will

This great God of Psalm 32:8 does not push, pull, or drag those who resist right. He will not violate the free will of His creation. He will lead us through inside persuasion (instruction, guidance, teaching) not through outside pressure (rod, whips, and bridles). Relationships tame on the inside will lead on the outside, but rules only tamed on the outside will breed rebellion on the inside.

So, what breed is your steed?


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Steve Curington grew up in a Christian home and graduated from North Love Christian School in 1984. After high school, Steve started a 10-year addiction to alcoholism and cocaine. After a serious car accident, Steve found complete sobriety through his relationship with Jesus Christ. After his recovery in 1996, Steve began Reformers Unanimous, a faith-based addiction ministry. What started as a humble, Friday night addiction class with four regular attendees in Rockford, Illinois, grew to a class of more than 300 people from the community and then spread to other churches across the country and around the world. The founder of Reformers Unanimous International (RU) died suddenly on October 30, 2010. Mr. Curington, a husband and father of five children, was only 45, but he accomplished more in his 15 years of ministry than many do in a lifetime. We know his work, his writing, his voice, and his reach will live on.

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