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?