“Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.”
The Lord wants us to come to Him on our own will. He wants us to be free. He doesn’t want to force us to come to Him, nor do I think He will (there may be some exceptions). He wants a people who are free and don’t have to be controlled by “bit or bridle;” he wants an untamed, wild, moving people.
We know from Scripture that the Spirit is like the wind, and the people of God are like the wind. What does the wind do, what does it look like as it’s blowing leaves around? It is uncontrollable, unseen. And man cannot stop it or restrict it from doing what it wants. It is controlled by an unseen force. This is what the people of God are called to be like (John 3:8).
You may have heard it said that the Lord loves a seeker. It seems that those who follow God; those who are willing to make mistakes, fall down, get “boo-boos,” are the ones that make the most progress in the Lord (if you can really call it “progress,” that is). Those fortunate few that are free from bit and bridle and are not forced to go anywhere. Instead, they tend to move about freely, hopping fences, crossing boundaries, etc.
I’m often taken to a certain view when I think of the wildness of the Lord. I often think of a bright white stallion that hasn’t been broken. This stallion has never been tamed, never been rode, and has never seen the inside of a fence. The man, who thinks he’s the owner of this stallion, attempts to put a bridle on Him, but He only refuses. The “owner” thinks he can cage Him, keep Him in his pasture, but He breaks free. The “owner” thinks he can saddle up on Him and ride Him to wherever the “owner” wants to go. But He kicks and kicks till he falls off. This is how I view Jesus. A lot can be learned from this analogy.
If you take a close look at the gospels and some of the things Jesus said to the Pharisees, and the things He did right in front of their religious eyes, I’m sure you will quickly see, and agree, with what I am saying. Jesus, even on earth in His human, flesh and bone body, couldn’t be tamed. He couldn’t be controlled. He couldn’t be kept within man’s boundaries of what they thought their Messiah was supposed to be. He was, in short, wild.
We see from John 15:4, “Remain in Me, and I will remain in you.” So we know that Jesus Christ lives inside of us by the Holy Spirit. We Christians have the Creator of the Universe living inside of us! So essentially, everything that Jesus has, we have. So if Jesus was, and is, wild, than so are we. We are not meant to be a tamed, caged, “saddled up,” owned, or a bit or bridled people. Sadly, most of us are. Whether it be religion, politics, or the general systems of this world and country. There are many, many things that can bridle us and keep us from being the wild, untamed people we are meant to be.
May the Lord continually break our bits and our bridles that we put on ourselves, and that others attempt to put on us. May the Lord make us free and truly reveal His untamed-ness on the earth today. Amen.