The words "wild horses" bring to mind galloping herds with manes and tails flowing in the wind. We imagine a lone stallion atop a hill, arching his neck proudly as if to say, "Look world, I'm free!"
But sadly this picture is false. In reality, snarled manes and hopelessly matted tails hang from these animals. Too often they limp along on cracked and broken hooves, mouths dry, seeking water to live another day. Cruel men capture them, selling them for meat or massacring the herds so cattle can eat the grass.
Could the false idea of the life of a wild horse be compared to a false concept of human freedom? Today, we hear the tempting words, "Be free." and, "No one has a right to make moral judgments about your life."
You may laugh and say, "Not me. I'm free. I'm having a wonderful time. I don't need any God to tell me how to live," but inside you know the truth. God knows too. He says there is no peace for those who reject Him. (John 8:32)
From childhood, we've all tried to be "free" of any rules but our own. God labels this rejection of His authority as "sin." (John 14:6) He also says the penalty we earn for this sin is spiritual death. (John 3:36) But there's hope. Because God is love, he provided a substitute to pay this penalty. He gave His best when Jesus died on the cross to pay the price for our sin. (Romans 3:23-25)
God loves you and He wants you to return His love by admitting His right of ownership. Just as a loving horse-owner fills the barn with nutritious hay, and strokes his horse's neck for a job well done, so your loving God longs to protect and nurture you.
Horses cannot choose their owners, but you can! It's your choice. You can either continue to believe the lie, and limp through life insisting, "I'm free." or you can believe the truth from God who says, "You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life: No man comes to the Father but by Me."
Until you have God as your owner you're blindly galloping to certain destruction, an eternity in Hell.
In the Bible God promises that all who trust Jesus to save them have eternal life, but those who don't trust Him will not see life and God's wrath will be on them. (Romans 6:23) Pray right now. Ask God to forgive you of your sins and allow Jesus to be your Savior.
Credits: Photos one and two are the "Warchant" resin sculpted by Kathy Bogucki. Photos three and four are "Willoughby", and "Sharif", sculpted by Brigitte Eberl. All are painted and haired by Faye Cohen. Egyptian Dancing costume is by Brenda Gallager. Dressage bridle is by Susan Gage, saddle unknown. Text written by D.A. Miller.